CASE STUDIES FROM THE GROAT CENTER FOR SLEEPLESS DISORDERS

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MITCHELL ROSE

2002

USA

7 MIN 11S

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Case Studies from the Groat Center for Sleep Disorders is a faux-scientific investigation of Adult Sleep Disorder Induced by Childhood Trauma (ASDICT). We're privileged to get a glimpse of rare archival footage from the renowned, albeit fictitious, Groat Center for Sleep Disorders. Not a yawner.

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INDEPENDENT EXPERIMENTAL FILM WINNER

WorldFest Houston 2003

Texas, USA

FIRST PRIZE

New Orleans Film Festival

New Orleans, USA

BEST INDEPENDENT SHORT FILM WINNER

Ashland Independent Film Festival 2003

Oregon, USA

Cast and Credits

Director, Writer, Editor

Mitchell Rose

Producers

Ashley Roland

Jamey Hampton

Mitchell Rose

Cast

Mitchell Rose

Leslie Braverman

Eric Oglesbee

Ashley Roland

Jamey Hampton

Director of Photography

C.E. Courtney    

Composers

David Dorfman

Robert Een

Director's Statement

I remember a friend of mine years ago participating in a sleep study in which he was photographed every fifteen minutes from a camera above. The photographs, alongside the series I saw of other participants in the study, were intriguing and the images stayed with me.

 

When BodyVox dance company commissioned a new piece, they said that the theme of the performance in which the film would be featured was animation. Various artists from the world of animation, Matt Groening and others, were going to all contribute elements. Somehow those sleep study photographs leapt from my unconscious and combined with the notion of animation. I immediately envisioned a stop-motion animation of a bed dance, the final “case study” of the film, and the rest of the piece was constructed around that idea.

 

The bed dance is a series of 500 photographs that change at the rate of six per second, with the performers adjusting position by a few inches in each shape. (They both got skin burns from their silk pajamas as they slid to a new shape 500 times.)

Director's Biography

Prior to becoming a filmmaker, Mitchell Rose was a choreographer. His company toured internationally for 15 years. Eventually he was more drawn to visual media, leading him to choose to become a filmmaker and enter The American Film Institute as a Directing Fellow. Since A.F.I., his films have won 95 festival awards.

 

The New York Times called him "a rare and wonderful talent." The Washington Post wrote that his work was “in the tradition of Chaplin, Keaton, and Tati—funny and sad and more than the sum of both.”

 

Rose is currently a professor of filmmaking at Ohio State University.

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