Suno Deko - Altar

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Suno Deko | Altar

Director: Ian Clontz
Camera & Edit: Ian Clontz & David Levesque
Producer: Rob Kowalski & David Courtright
Makeup: Randy Rosenthal
Lighting Production: Charles Rye & Davis Hart
Production Assistant: Barrett Clontz
Creative Direction & Costuming: David Courtright

Shot on location on the Santa Fe River, Florida.

Swamp Prince: David Courtright
Swamp Priest: Paul Courtright
Beak: Nicole Miglis
Gatorzaddy: Rob Kowalski
Daddy Long Legs: Trayer Tryon
Boy of Gold: Zach Tetreault
Girl of Gold: Van Tran

Brought to you by Historia Productions and Elestial Sound

Special thanks to Hundred Waters

Artist's Statement: Since last November, and perhaps before, I think a lot of us have felt an almost unendurable cataclysm of heartbreaks, over and over, one after the other. How many times have you died since then? For me I died a thousand deaths over the course of making this record, some personal, some political. Reading the news is a death. Moving from Atlanta to New York, my seven year partnership ending—other deaths. But in life, death must occur to make way for new life. Thich Nhat Hanh writes so much about how the beauty of the garden would be impossible without the dirt and compost of old food and plants, how the lotus flower wouldn't exist without the mud on the bottom of the pond. So I wanted to honor my own deaths and die and be reborn, to shed that skin and step vibrantly into a new body, or a new way of living, holding and honoring my scars but standing upright in the face of a world and a country that would probably rather erase me and those like me. Having my father be the swamp priest that sets me aloft on the river into the afterlife felt full circle, as I am the extension of him into the future and he and my mother and his father and mother and those that came before are the extension of me into the past. And to have this document where we were together to hold when I am his age and can look back and feel such joy for our love and deep friendship. On a whim, Hundred Waters stopped by the set between a show in Tallahassee and Gainesville, dashed into makeup and costume, and mother fucking frolicked with me beside a blazing bonfire. So this film is both a celebration of life and an acknowledgment of the purpose and necessity of death, of walking through fire to the other side, and of the radical act of creativity and love and friendship in an era of the greatest destruction our cultures and societies have known.
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