themes from a rosary

About themes from a rosary

Themes from a Rosary is an extended short film by an award-winning team of film-makers, lead by Donari Braxton, Takeshi Fukunaga and Mike Fox, with photography by Ryo Murakami and original music by Tyondai Braxton. The film was shot and developed in New York City, 2011.

T-FAR stories the fall-from-grace of two wavering creatives, Moise and Andelise. Moise, an anonymous, would-be genius whose hobby is to reconstruct historically-accurate model replicas of bombs, is struggling to make peace with the sudden rise-to-fame of his photographer girlfriend, Andie. Aware of her recent distance, and of the suspicious relationship she maintains with art-collector and mentor Choggys West, he commits to a somewhat unlikely undertaking: to build the world's first fully-functional homemade nuclear weapon. And as he self-professedly nears successful completion of his project, Andie, caught between, must decide whether she believes Moise mad, and therefore should help him, or if she believes in him enough, conversely, that she should take action to stop him.

Written and directed by Donari Braxton, T-FAR stars Cuban actor Armando Suárez Cobián (Steven Soderbergh's “Che,” “A Escultura,” etc.), and Joanne Colan (best known as MTV Europe VJ and Rocketboom host). Lensed by cinematographer Ryo Murakami, with a score by composer Tyondai Braxton, the film also features supporting actors Paul Duncan, Curt Anthon, Tina Kobas, and Meg McCrossen.

Cast:

  • Moise Denfenny
  • Andelise Rosalie
  • Choggys West
  • Ella
  • Raleigh
  • Tavias
  • Truman
  • Girl in Blue
  • Photo Rep
  • Armando Suárez Cobián
  • Joanne Colan
  • David Lloyd Walters
  • Tina Kobas
  • Paul Duncan
  • Curt Anthon
  • Donari Braxton
  • Meg McCrossen
  • Hashem Eaddy

Crew:

  • Writer/Director
  • Producers
  •  
  • Director of Photography
  • Original Music
  • Associate Producer
  • Line Producer
  • Production Designer
  • Editor
  •  
  • Original Art Photography
  • Donari Braxton
  • Takeshi Fukunaga
  • Mike Fox
  • Ryo Murakami
  • Tyondai Braxton
  • Mike Ennis
  • Asako Wantanabe
  • John El Manahi
  • Andrew Borin
  • Takeshi Fukunaga
  • Gracia Villamil
  • Wardrobe
  • Hair & Makeup
  • 1st Assistant Camera
  • Gaffer
  • Key Grip
  • Grip
  • Sound Recordist
  • Assistant Art Director
  • Assistant Editor
  • Assistant Director
  • Production Assistant
  • Assistant to Art
  • Production Consultant
  • Production Graphic Design
  • Web Development
  • Production Still Photographer
  • Niki Hall
  • Talia Favale
  • Owen Donovan
  • James Usmanov
  • Tom Chaves
  • Russel Cramer
  • Kyle Porter
  • Mike Keane
  • Patrick Huber
  • Mike Ennis
  • Orysia Kucher
  • Wesley Godbout
  • Kurt Peloquin
  • So Kondo
  • Takehiko Yamada
  • Tom Starkweather

Director's Statement

What is themes from a rosary?

Excerpt from Donari Braxton interview,
Bullett Magazine, June 2011

Themes from a Rosary's a couple of things. The premise is, a man decides to build the world's first homemade nuclear bomb. But, the hope is that, for the viewer, this premise quickly becomes just a distant context-of-use for the film's real take-up. And that is, what's a gal to do. Does she love this guy so much and thus “believe in him” enough to think he can actually do it—and therefore should take action to stop him? Or does she not love him enough, and therefore not “hold stock enough in him,” to think he can do it, and therefore need take no particular action at all. Either way, implicitly, at loss.

It's a film driven by question marks, and belief is a central theme of the story. Belief in one's partner, and too in one's own motivations. As well as belief in speculative unknowns, like the future, and in supernatural unknowns, like a nuclear bomb. There is, after all, something incredibly supernatural about the idea of nuclear bombs—because strictly-speaking, they are just ideas; none of us ever actually get to see them. Like god, or like god's idea in prevailing majority, they're invisible, faith-exacting, ever-present, apocalyptic of means, and intrinsically linked to our common prosperity. And so, that same fulcrum of mysticism about which our predominantly religious world turns is, I hope, the representational environment in which these two lovers try to make sense of their own lives. So, that's the film's frontmost thematic talking-point. Beyond all that, I just want it to be an interesting, fun, and pretty picture for people to enjoy.

Original Film Teaser

Official Film Trailer