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Project of the Day: A Film Adaptation Turns into a Documentary When the Co-Director Dies During the Process

Project of the Day: A Film Adaptation Turns into a Documentary When the Co-Director Dies During the Process

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Kathy Goes to Haiti

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A film adaptation of the novel Kathy Goes to Haiti by Kathy Acker becomes a documentary after the death of the co-director.

Elevator Pitch:

In December 2009 I co-directed, alongside Flo McGarrell, a short film set in Haiti, starring performance artist Zackary Drucker. We intended for the short to be part of a feature film, but these plans got derailed when, three weeks after wrapping the short, Flo died in the earthquake that struck Haiti in January 2010. 

The original project is no longer a possibility without Flo’s direction. Therefore, the film has evolved into a film-about-a-film-that-doesn’t-get-made that captures the insanity of the initial project, documents Flo’s work in Haiti, and shows me trying to find my way after losing a good friend.

Production Team:

Director: Cary Cronenwett (“Maggots and Men”)

Producer: L.A. Teodosio

Editor: Zaka Claudel

Cinematographer: Ilona Berger

Cinematographer: Ivy McLelland

About the Production:

Flo was a close friend and collaborator. As one can imagine, moving forward on the project with out him is difficult. Nonetheless, I am compelled to make a film that brings to light the spirit of his initial vision and paints a portrait of the truly amazing person that he was. The new footage focuses on the Haitian dance troupe, Gran Lakou, with whom McGarrell was closely involved. An interview with Gran Lakou founder and choreographer, Yonell Charles, begins to reveal McGarrell’s impact on the lives of artists, particularly queer artists at the FOSAJ art center in Jacmel, Haiti.

Current Status:


For more information and to support this project:

Indiegogo Page


Donate to Kathy Goes to Haiti from Cary Cronenwett on Vimeo.

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