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TYRFING - Press Kit

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TYRFING - Press Kit

  1. 1. synopsis TYRFINGisdoom. NorsefolklorewhispersofthecursedswordTYRFING,doom toallwho wielditanddeathtoallwhofaceit.Safeguardingthehonorofhisbeloved, avaliantvikingduelsaberserkraiderwhocommandsthedamnablesteel. AshortfilmbyStephenPolakiewicz.
  2. 2. director’sstatement Violencemakesviolence. ThesymbolOuroboros,theserpenteatingitsowntail,iscommonly interpretedasself-creation,orrebirth,orthatfromdeathcomeslife.Isee itdifferently;acycleofviolencecorruptsyourhumanityandleavesonly entropy,blackness,nothing. JustJustasviolenceiscyclical,soisstorytelling.Everythingisare-mix.Having anaffinityforsuperheroes,mythsandsymbology,Iwantedtoburrow deeperintolegendsthataren’tattheforefrontofAmericancultureto uneartha“new”myth(oratleastanewtomemyth).Iwantedthismythto besomethingthatcouldbejuxtaposedwiththecyclicalnatureofviolence, amythwhoselessonsarejustasrelevanttodayastheywereinancient times.ThisledtomydiscoveryofTheTyrfingCycle.ThefilmTYRFINGisa reireinterpretation ofa Scandinavian myth (a two-fisted Viking tale) contrastedwiththeself-fulfillingprophecyofviolence. Ihaveaffinityforfilmviolence,butinthefaceoftrueviolenceintheworld todayhowingoodconsciencecouldIenjoyfantasyviolence?Whatisthis duplicitousnaturethatmakesviolencesocompellingandsorevoltingall atonce?HowcouldItellastorythatisinherentlyviolentandnotcelebrate thebloodshed? (cont.)
  3. 3. director’sstatement Comingfrom theworldofcommercialtelevisionproduction,Ithriveat workinginabox.We’reprofessionaltroubleshooters,andIenjoypushing outandexploringtheboundariesofeveryproject,despitethecreativeor budgetarylimitations.ThisfilmbecamemypersonalboxandIwelcomed allthechallengesitwouldbring. IIwanted tocraftastorythatplayed tomystrengths,despitemy limitations:“Accentuatethepositives,hidethenegatives.”-PaulHeyman. NewEnglandgeographyofferedabreathtaking,althoughfrigidlocation, particularlywhenshootingoceansideintheheartofaFebruarynor’easter. Ialsohadtheadvantageofawealthoftalentfrom thethrivingtheater community. ViolenceViolenceisaninescapablecircle,TYRFING isdoom,TYRFING isruin, TYRFINGisdeath.Thisfilmexplorestheboundariesofthatabyss.
  4. 4. selectedbiographies STEPHENPOLAKIEWICZ Director/Writer/Editor/Producer TTYRFING isStephenPolakiewicz’sdirectorialdebut.GraduatingwithaBA in Television Production from FloridaStateUniversity and aMSin TelevisionProductionfromBostonUniversity,henowholdsthepositionof editoratRedtreeProductions,cu ingbroadcastcommercialsandweb content.Stephenhasanintrinsicpassionforstorytellingandisdeveloping hisnextfilm,aneo-noirtitledTRUST. ERICPROPP PProductionDesigner/Producer/‘Orvar-Odd’ AfterearninganMFAincostumedesignatBostonUniversity,Erichas workedwithnumeroustheatrecompanies-includingHuntingtonTheatre Company,A.R.T.,BlueManGroup,CommonwealthShakespeare,Colorado ShakespeareFestival,andBostonBallet.Erichasactedinvariousstage productionsinBostonandatAdamsStateUniversity.
  5. 5. credits CAST CREW Hjalmar Orvar-Odd Angantyr KingYngvi Ingeborg DiDirector,Writer,Editor,Producer ProductionDesigner,Producer DirectorofPhotography AssistantCamera,StillPhotography ProductionSoundMixer SoundEditor,Music Make-Up,Wardrobe BBloodMake-Up ProductionSupport PosterArtist AndrewRakich EricPropp DaveRich JeffGill GenevieveChason StephenPolakiewicz EricPEricPropp RyanBenne ZhijingYu QuinnWilson DavidFernandez CaitlinMeno i AmyGibson MMeaghanReed,SethDumont MikeLawrence

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