I wish that more films felt as intensely personal as Mystery’s Choir,
a daring often surreal-looking work
- Time Out New York, Film Review
MYSTERY’S CHOIR (1999, re-released 2009): Teenager, Daena, is a teen lost in love with a much older lesbian woman. Caught in a magical and sexually-charged relationship, she runs away from a broken home to find the outside world is no better. Daena awakens from an inner dream and sleepwalks into a world where the harsh reality of life — when bereft of love — is unreal.
With little to no artifice: Mystery’s Choir is the first low-budget feature by director, Ji Strangeway. Produced in 1999, Mystery’s Choir was released in 2009 for availability to its underground “lesbian cult film” following. Experimental and avant garde, the film stylistically mixes conventional narrative storytelling with abstract dreamscape imagery. Contains unsimulated lesbian sex and intergenerational themes. Audiences: 18+ only.
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Some of the most beautiful and explicit sex scenes in lesbian films
“It’s like nothing I’ve ever seen before”
Joan Jett , Rocker
Although very explicit, these scenes avoid being either coy or pornographic. They are firmly embedded in the physical, but the women’s bodies are neither glamorized nor mocked. Instead, the rhythms of desire flow freely (and are not confined by clichés of acted-out phony sexual climaxes) and the camera itself seems to caress the flesh before it… Ji has an uncanny sense of imagery”
Tom Gunning, Film Historian
Author of D.W. Griffith and the Origins of American Narrative Film.
An unfettered filmmaker with considerable potential
TV Guide On-Line
What we really needed after that film was a long cold shower
HX/HER Magazine, NY
Hypnotizing and Controversial!
New York Blade News
Skillfully brings across the inner world of a girl in love with an older woman
Shout Magazine, NY
Most definitely an art-house delight!
Time Out New York (Events)
Digs deep into lesbo-erotic depths and emerges with reels of pristine dirt that will ticklet hose who are jaded while liberating others who are repressed.
RT: 65 min. (Feature)
Year: 1999 (re-released 2009)
Format: 4:3 SD, 16mm, Color, Sound
Production: Protéji Pictures
Genre: Art House Avant Garde, Narrative Fiction, Experimental,
Lesbian, Drama, Surrealism
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Produced by: JI STRANGEWAY
Directed, Edited, Written: JI STRANGEWAY
Daena (15-year-old): DEIDRA CURRIE
Chelsea (Older Lover): JILL REPPLINGER
Mother: JACK PRETZER
Father: WILLIAM HUNT
Camera: JI STRANGEWAY
Film Editor: JI STRANGEWAY
Sound Design: JI STRANGEWAY
Ji Strangeway’s Assistant: ELIZABETH SKOGLUND
Set Design: DEIDRA CURRIE
Set Construction: JOE CHECCO
Sound Mix: SHANNON PENGELLY
Filmed on Location: New York City, Catskills, and Westchester, NY