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The Freemartin Calf is a labour-of-love film and soundtrack, created in the home workshops of filmmaker Jayne Amara Ross and composer Frédéric D. Oberland, with the significant contribution of cellist Gaspar Claus. Written in 2008 as a deliberation on the creative process, the film relates a day in the life of a young girl and her mother as they brave two very separate realities governed by the desire to both reject, and conform to, the societal roles imposed upon them. Shot on super 8 between 2009 and 2010 and scored during the spring and summer months of 2010, The Freemartin Calf is imbued with a delicate fragility synonymous with the inner experience of its protagonists. This limited release includes both soundtrack (180g LP) and film (DVD) as well as the original script of the film and a bonus MP3 download of a live performance in 2011 at Saint Mérry Church in Paris.

A few words…
…on the film:

‘The realistic narrative of ‘The Freemartin Calf’ never ceases to enrichen its symbolic basis with dreamlike imagery. Here we are closer to a naturalism that its transcended, magnified. From the ambitious mis-en-scène to the intricate structure of the film and the power of the facture, ‘The Freemartin Calf’ is a film of great maturity – and of extraordinary beauty.’ Gabriela Monelle
(Culturopoing, June 2011)

‘Visual symphonies play soundtrack to the poetic voice-over, expanding into a series of images of rare filmic beauty (…). We are shaken by the truth that resides in this innovative expression of the female experience.’
Raphaël Bassan
(Short Film Magazine Bref, January 2013)

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released September 1, 2013

THE FREEMARTIN CALF:
poetry & film by Jayne Amara Ross 

original music by Frédéric D. Oberland with Gaspar Claus

FILM CREDITS:
Written, directed and edited by Jayne Amara Ross / Mother: Fabienne Mésenge / Daughter: Orna Assouline / Caddie: Nick Alldridge / Young man: Frédéric D. Oberland / Cinematography, hand-processing & celluloid manipulation: Jayne Amara Ross / Lighting/camera assistant: Michaël Capron, Camila Freitas, Thierry Laskar, Baptiste Brousse / Set decoration, props and costumes: Nicolas Brechat & Aneymone Wilhelm / Visual post-production & compositing: Jayne Amara Ross & David Mathias / Assistant director: Frédéric D. Oberland

SOUNDTRACK CREDITS:
Composed and recorded at Magnum Diva Studio by Frédéric D. Oberland / Mixed at Le Fresnoy and at La Fémis on analog console by Maxime Champesme / Mastered to tape at Durton Studio by Nils Frahm / Jayne Amara Ross: narration / Gaspar Claus: cello / Frédéric D. Oberland: guitar, fender rhodes, piano, kalimba, harmonium, theremin, bells, electronics / Maxime Champesme: sound design, field recordings

Mastered to tape by Nils Frahm

Graphic design: David Bart / Script and still frames: Jayne Amara Ross

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