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MYSTERY’S CHOIR::1999

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

Philadelphia International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival


“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.

Mike Kuchar” Kuchar Brothers” /Underground Filmmaker of Sins of the Fleshapoids.


SPECS

RT: 65 min. (Feature)
Year: 1999 (re-released 2009)
Country: US
Format: 4:3 SD, 16mm, Color, Sound
Production: Protéji Pictures

Genre: Art House Avant Garde, Narrative Fiction, Experimental,
Lesbian, Drama, Surrealism

CREDITS

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Produced by: JI STRANGEWAY
Directed, Edited, Written: JI STRANGEWAY

CAST
Daena (15-year-old): DEIDRA CURRIE
Chelsea (Older Lover): JILL REPPLINGER
Mother: JACK PRETZER
Father: WILLIAM HUNT

CREW
Camera: JI STRANGEWAY

Additional Camera:
FRANK BARRERA
DAVID FORD

Assistant Camera:
ILLYA CHAIKEN
GORDON CHOU
PAULA HALTON
DAVID PANCAKE
CHRISTOPHER SCAPPATICCI

Sound:
SHIRAK AGRESTA
PAULA HALTON
KRISTEN LAUREN
DAN MADDEN
CIRO SILVA

Boom:
MICHEL TIKHOMIROFF
KRISTEN GRANEY
MARK RODRIGUEZ

Film Editor: JI STRANGEWAY
Sound Design: JI STRANGEWAY

Ji Strangeway’s Assistant: ELIZABETH SKOGLUND

Production Assistants:
PETER KENNEDY
MACIEL MARQUEZ

Set Design: DEIDRA CURRIE

Set Construction: JOE CHECCO

Sound Mix: SHANNON PENGELLY

Filmed on Location: New York City, Catskills, and Westchester, NY

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