The FIRST ever level ground artist-in-residence project.
“59” is an experimental film anthology currently in production by Leslie Foster for the 2016 Level Ground Artist-In-Residence program. Leslie has spent 13 years in the film industry. His films are subversive distillations of a lifetime of travel, a love of spirituality, and a passion for activism and the queer community. He most recently debuted the experimental film gallery installation “Ritual Cycle,” a beautiful and challenging exploration of divine identity from the perspectives of the divine as sibling, love, feminine, and genderqueer.
“59,” his latest project, is an exploration of how a series of collaborations and a set of creative restraints fuse to make 11 unique films steeped in the controversial space of faith, gender, and sexuality.
Leslie’s self-imposed restraints are as follows:
One film a month must be created between May 2016 and April 2017.
Each film must be exactly 59 seconds.
Each film must be created with a different collaborator, preferably from a different discipline.
Leslie cannot be the sole originator of any of the ideas; they must be created in full collaboration with the respective artists.
The artistic collaborators cannot be cis men.
“59” exists in a space of exciting possibility; the set of restrictions and a wide diversity of collaborators allow for a series of films that span a range of emotions and themes. Each film represents a beautiful synthesis of Leslie’s unique vision and the work of 11 incredibly gifted artists. The collaborators for “59” include NY Times-featured poet Jacqueline Suskin; fashion designer and installation artist Sheridan Irwin; photographer and photographer Rae Threat; choreographer and stilt performer Angelina Prendergast; theologian, activist, and writer KC Slack; visual artist and sculptor Tatiana EL Khouri; and spoken word artist Dei Selah Thompson.
The project will debut as a gallery installation at the 2017 Pasadena Festival and will allow viewers to explore strange and beautiful visions distilled into micro films which will capture and challenge the imagination.