moonlighters is a video project that documents the lives of three individuals over the course of a year. While at first glance my subjects do not appear to have any correlation, they are connected by a constant interplay between their outward-facing general personalities and separated, secondary personas that they have great passion for. My goal was to capture this dynamic, highlighting the very unexpected and entertaining “alter-egos” that exist within the subjects.
Steven, is a development director for a local non profit organization during the day, while at night transitions from his professional business attitude and attire to the fun-loving and flashy drag queen, Miss Kitty Litter.
Jim, finds a release from his stressful job as a TSA agent for the Department of Homeland Security by cosplaying as Deadpool, an antihero creation of Marvel Comics.
Delta Bravo is the persona of a valuable member of the Providence Roller Derby team who by day is an attorney. Her real name is not released for confidentiality purposes.
I am fascinated and appreciative that these strangers were willing to share their personal experiences with me, permitting me access to a secretive part of their lives not typically granted to coworkers or family members. The truth is that my participants would like to connect and share with people, embracing all facets of their personality, but fear being misunderstood or considered unprofessional. The intention of my film is to aid the viewer in looking beyond the expected and connect three unique individuals who have more in common with one another than often meets the eye.
Based on a desire to observe generational change, Octogenarians captures my conversations with women in their 80s. Our differences in age almost went unnoticed as we connected over topics similar to the ones discussed between my girlfriends and I around a dinner table; boys, drinking, dancing, and clothes. While the music, style, and dance may differ from generation to generation, the desire to socialize will always remain.