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About the Grant

$15,000 to support We Are Failing Them (MAP 2012) a new interdisciplinary collaborative work by composer Robin Holcomb, filmmaker Britta Johnson and theater artist Curtis Taylor.

About the Project

The border between ambition and hard luck is a blind spot. We Are All Failing Them is a song cycle performed live with film and objects that engages in a sideways view of the curious and spectacular tragedy of the Donner Party, the infamous group of emigrants who were trapped with inadequate food stores in the Sierra Nevada mountains during the unusually severe winter of 1846-1847. Drawing upon the languages of recital, film and staged séance this evening-length entertainment asks: What gets left behind along the trail to the Promised Land?

The world premiere of this collaborative work by composer Robin Holcomb, filmmaker Britta Johnson and theater artist Curtis Taylor, will take place at the 2013 Northwest Film Forum and  features performances by Robin Holcomb (piano, voice), Peggy Lee (cello), Danny Barnes (voice, banjo) and Susie Kozawa (sound effects).

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