The Stars Down To Earth (2016) trailer
24:09 min. loop, color, sound.

~text by Fiona Duncan~

Excerpts from Sex Without Threat
Adorno—in his purposeful, justified and pragmatic critique (myopia as tactic to scorn)—did not even conduct evident field research. The film The Stars Down to Earth is named after his 1952/53 text, and acts as its somatic secretary. Shot in early 2015, the 24 minute film performs as part sci-fi thriller, part documentary, part idealist anti-secrecy forecast. Astrologers from the Carroll Righter Astrological Foundation divine events for 2015 and 2016—including, reading the star charts for America (Cancer), Paris (Cancer), Russia (Libra), Snowden (Gemini) and Chelsea Manning (Sagittarius). Coupled with their predictions is the reincarnation of mythological prophetess Kassandra (Henry Hopper, Virgo) and the god Apollo (Afia Fields, Pisces) in 2015 Los Angeles (Virgo) and 2015 Athens (???)­.

In the Oresteia plays, Kassandra names Apollo's violence more bearable than the denial of her truth. This sparks for Kassandra a hysteric anarchy, where she attempts to fool fate and create a dimensional transparency and chaos in defiance of Apollo and those around her (the world). In the film, Kassandra’s divinations and access to past/present/future information see her momentarily and perhaps mistakenly identify with the whistle-blowers the astrologers chart in their predictions; both live in multi-temporality (extreme knowing), and both are threatened with not only imprisonment, physical harm or rape, but worse—erasure.

Kassandra Henry Hopper
Apollo Afia Fields
Aries Tashi Condelee
Pythia Paola Revenioti
Scorpio John Sweet
Astrologers Cynthia MacAdams, Jack Taub, Doug Lee
Psychics Veronica Monae, Silvia Romero, James Raymond

Writing, Editing, Direction Margaret Haines
Writing Assistance Tashi Condelee, Henry Hopper
Astrological Assistance Cynthia MacAdams, Jack Taub
Music and Original Score Patrick Dyer
Production Manager Teague Schneiter
Production Assistant Nick Flessa
Storyboard Jacob Winkler
Assistant Director Giulia Caruso
Cinematography Dan O
Sound Recordist Jake Viator
Sound Design Sharkee
DIT Chip Yamata
Lighting Andrew Clark
Steadicam Ted Newsome
Makeup Sarah Hall
Styling Alexandra Cassaniti
Snake It's Your Birthday, with Nav Navarone
Store Courtesy of Joseph Kaseye
Studio Courtesy of Alex Becerra

Supported in part by
The Canada Council for the Arts, Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, & ltd los angeles