From the creators of contemporary opera and musical theatre epics Elytra, Vampyress, Pythia Dust, The Dragonfly Princess, and The X&Y Trilogy, comes a new feature-length fantasy film with a unique vision and compelling artistry. Ethos proudly presents a Sneak Preview of its first feature film, Octia of the Pink Ocean. With premieres at film festivals over the next year, this will be an excellent opportunity for Austin audiences to see a fresh cut of the film before it is finished for wider release.
This CyberOpera establishes a magical world of the Pink Ocean and its islands. The goddess Karnika seeks her memory and identity, joining with sovereign Octia to battle Mermecho and the destructive forces that are mechanizing the world and creating The Blackening. The struggle to save the magical environment of the Pink Ocean presents a powerful environmental message.
Octia of the Pink Ocean is a CyberOpera, all sung and performed with cybernetic movement developed over the past 20 years.Chad Salvata, Ethos Artistic Director, is famous for infusing his stories with lush imagery, fantastic characters, and outrageous sexuality. Salvata will be in attendance on most nights to host a Q&A after the screenings and get feedback on the sneak preview before moving into the final phases of editing.
This long-awaited CyberOpera is the sequel to the extraordinary theatrical production Elytra (2000). Creator Chad Salvata, Director Bonnie Cullum, and Director of Photography and Editing Sergio R. Samayoa have combined their creative forces to create a unique film with the extraordinary design and memorable villains and heroines. Entirely shot in a green screen studio, the film mixes live action, 2D art, models, and effects. Award-winning Lighting Designer Jason Amato created magnificent light-scapes and award-winning Scenic Designer Ann Marie Gordon crafted dozens of individually hand-painted landscapes and beautiful models to manifest the islands of the Pink Ocean. The original score by Salvata features vocal arrangements by Anderson Dear. Because of the unique and extraordinary vision of this film, the elaborate designs, the music and the high-caliber singing. Octia of the Pink Ocean is unlike anything you have ever experienced.
Octia of the Pink Ocean features stellar Ethos performers: Melissa Vogt-Patterson as Octia, Sovereign of Rainbow Island; Eryn Gettys as Karnika, Elytra of GoldSun Sex; Justin LaVergne as Mermecho, Sovereign of the Spermata; Betsy McCann as The Syrax, Triplet Mechanical Sirens; Anderson Dear as Vulvacano, Colossus of the Pink Ocean; Jo Beth Henderson, Gabriel Maldonado, Jonathan Itchon, Krysta Gonzales, Alejandro Rodriguez, Aisha Melhem, Emerald Mystiek, and Mindy Rast as The Eight Sexes of The Pink Ocean. Production Management by Tamara L. Farley.
The sneak preview of Octia of the Pink Ocean runs in conjunction with The VORTEX Cosplay Expo. The VORTEX is a natural hotbed for Cosplay, or "costume play". For an unlimited $25 pass or a $50 VIP Pass, Cosplay participants receive unlimited viewings of the film and up to 7 days of Expo events wearing their favorite Cosplay attire. The Expo will provide vendors, crafty artists, workshops, speakers, gatherings and nightly opportunities to view Octia of the Pink Ocean. Cosplay Workshops include: How to Make Leather Gauntlets, Headgear for Heroes, Worbla Wonders, Fantasy Makeup Design and Application, Green Screen Stories, Fantasy Genitalia, Cybernetic Movement, Karnika the Elytra of GoldSun Sex, and the World of Octia. Designers and actors from Octia of the Pink Ocean will be in attendance in costume to provide instruction and facilitation.
Ethos has received praise and acknowledgment for the professional execution of artistic projects. Salvata's original opera Sarah Silver Hands received funding from the National Endowment for the Arts in 2011, as well B. Iden Payne Awards for Direction (Bonnie Cullum) and Scenic Design (Ann Marie Gordon). Ethos has received dozens of nominations for excellence and won the following awards: B. Iden Payne Awards for Best Original Score for :Humpty, The Dragonfly Princess, and Vampyress (Chad Salvata), B. Iden Payne Awards for Outstanding Lead and Featured Actress in a Musical for Vampyress (Melissa Vogt-Patterson and Betsy McCann) B. Iden Payne Award for Best Unique Theatrical Event for Bell(e), Best Original Score from the Austin Critics' Table for Pythia Dust, B. Iden Payne Award for Featured Actress in Drama for hOle (Jo Beth Henderson), Top 10 Austin American Statesman event for Elytra, Top 10 event of 2001 from the Austin Chronicle for HyperZoo, B. Iden Payne Alpha and Omega Award for The X&Y Trilogy, Austin Critics' Table Award for Best Sound Design for The X&Y Trilogy (Salvata and Samayoa), Austin Critics' Table Award for Best Costume Design for Triskelion (Salvata and Andrea Lauer) B. Iden Payne Awards and Austin Critics' Table Awards for Best Lighting Design for Panoptikon and Triskelion (Jason Amato), B. Iden Payne Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical for Triskelion (Rembert Block), Austin Critics' Table Award for Multi-media Excellence for The Black Blood. Director, Bonnie Cullum, was inducted into the Austin Arts Hall of Fame in 2009, has thrice been recognized as Best of Austin Director by the Austin Chronicle, and has received B. Iden Payne Awards for her direction of Sarah Silver Hands, Troades, Moby Dick, The Deluge, and Despair's Book of Dreams and the Sometimes Radio.
Produced in association with The VORTEX. Octia of the Pink Ocean is funded and supported in part by Ethos, VORTEX Repertory Company, a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts, and by the City of Austin Economic Development Department/Cultural Arts Division, believing an investment in the Arts is an investment in Austin's future. Visit Austin at NowPlayingAustin.com.
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