"She drifted on her back to better absorb the sun, not for the warmth, but because it was there."
A mermaid who finds herself beached on the shore with an unexpected visitor is forced to reconcile that she belongs to neither land nor sea.
If you drop a mermaid onto the blank white page of creation, a story appears. Her narrative is inscribed into her fins, scales, gills, hair, lungs. Her every breath is an attempt at navigating the two bodies she was born into.
To figure that out, I sat with and consumed the many stories that humans, specifically men, attach to mermaids. How many mermaid stories have been told from the female body? Not many. Sirens illustrated the vast mystery of the ocean for Grecian sailors. The Little Mermaid was captured by the mind of Hans Christian Andersen. Ariel was picked up again by a team of men working under Walt Disney Studios. Yet the story of the mermaid continues to influence and inform young women. The myth grants women the experience of the duality of their body, and an agency to explore the world.
I had to know what would happen if I dropped the mermaid onto my own blank white page.
Mermaid / Taige Lauren
Ferry Worker / Deron Brigdon
Directing and Story / Elizabeth Schiffler
Writing / Evelyn Osborn & Taige Lauren
Score / Levi Gillis
Director of Photography / Evelyn Osborn
Underwater Videographer / Stuart Marlantes
Underwater Assistant / Devin Stark
Key Grip / Bryce Bartl-Geller
Script Supervisor / Melody Donais
Prosthetics / Morgan Mangiaruga
Production Sound / Diana Le & Erin Smith
Post Production Sound & Foley / Marco Mendoza
ADR / Jake Israel
Mastering / Geoff Trager
Graphics Artist / Stephanie Pieper