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Our bodies like dams

 A short film set in a handmade, flooding city, this part love-story, part eco-fantasy, imagines a woman’s unexpected metamorphosis in the face of romantic and coastal decay.

Creator/Director/Puppet-builder: Sarah Finn
Director of Photography & Editor: Xuan Liu
Set Designer & Co-Puppet Builder: Karen Loewy Movilla
Sound Designer: Sid Diamond

Dancers/Puppet models: evan ray suzuki and Tam Nguyen

This project was developed with additional collaborators including: Shayna Strype, Marcella Murray, Amanda Card, Ash Winkfield, Camellia Bayle-Spence and Christina Tang. 


The film is sponsored, in part, by the Greater New York Arts Development Fund of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, administered by Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC). 

Our bodies like dams (10 minutes),  is a short film made with animation, live-puppetry, miniature sets, and wearable sculpture, to follow a surrealistic narrative of a couple embracing as their apartment floods entirely. A seemingly straight apocalyptic love story, it gradually unfolds into a queer, post-human fantasy. 

Showings of the live adaptation of the film - developed while in residence at Mabou Mines  -June 8th at 9pm and June 9th at 7pm. Free tickets here. 


The film premiered at The Brick as part the 2023 Exponential Festival. Paired with the premiere was an installation of the film's sets, puppets, and process. 

Installation photos by Lee Rayment.
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