Cast: Cherie Sampson
Crew: Producers: Cherie Sampson – Screenwriters: Cherie Sampson – Camera: Cherie Sampson, Radim Schreiber – Post-production: Cherie Sampson – Movement Direction: Anjali Tata-Hudson
The first 72 hours after a hereditary breast cancer diagnosis are depicted through a tense montage of sound juxtaposed with close-ups of gestural expression and contrasting images of the natural world. One of the nine emotions (navarasas) described in an ancient Indian text on drama, “karuna” is the rasa of anguish and despair. The layered soundscape is comprised of phone calls and conversations with family and medical practitioners documented by the filmmaker while navigating the overwhelming information in the days immediately following the news. Imagery alternates between restless and beatific, the latter offering momentary glimpses of calm at the center of chaos.
Cherie Sampson has worked for over 25 years as an interdisciplinary artist in environmental performance, sculpture and video art. Her work has been exhibited internationally in live performances, art-in-nature symposia, video/film screenings and installations in the US, Finland, Norway, Holland, Cuba, France, Greece, Italy, India, Spain, Argentina, South Korea, Hong Kong and other countries. Sampson is the recipient of a number of fellowships & grants including two Fulbright Fellowships to Finland (1998 & 2011), a Finnish Cultural Foundation Grant (North Karelia Fund), three Finlandia Foundation Grants and multiple internal research grants for artistic projects from the University of Missouri. She is an Associate Professor of Art in the School of Visual Studies (SVS) at the University of Missouri, where she teaches video art, digital storytelling and performance. She divides her time between Columbia, Missouri, her husband’s organic farm in NE Missouri and travel for exhibitions and performances. Sampson received a Master of Fine Art Degree in Intermedia & Video Art from the University of Iowa in 1997 with a minor in Sculpture. Currently, she serves as President of Artists in Nature International Network (AiNIN).