The original Magic Castle
Clothing by Victor Wilde Photo by Sandra Powers
World-premiere at Redcat (2014) Photo by Kellie Smith
In a land of bad magic, a man is forced to confront his darkest moment, as he seeks forgiveness for his sins. Redefining rock-opera for the 21st century, Black Lodge takes viewers through a surreal psychological escape room, inspired by the investigators of darkness: David Lynch, William S. Burroughs, Diamanda Galas, and Nina Simone.
Feature film with music by composer David T. Little, lyrics by poet Anne Waldman, and screenplay and direction by Michael Joseph McQuilken, Black Lodge questions what it takes to face our demons, and ultimately, to face ourselves. Produced by Beth Morrison Projects.
Sharing his personal memories of his Communist grandmother, who taught him many songs, Timur dissects the complexity of political regimes and the songs that they inspire.
The Soviet propaganda songs were encouraged and endorsed by the officials, and Timur learned them by heart. But it is through the songs of the Argentinian singer Mercedes Sosa that he rediscovered the revolutionary spirit.
The project is funded through NPN/VAN Creation and Development Fund Project and co-commissioned by Beth Morrison Projects in partnership with Miami Light Project.
Music critic Mark Swed mentions the project in the Los Angeles Times.