This past week the silent movie theatre hosted a sneak peak viewing of the new Lavender Diamond film "IMAGINE OUR LOVE". The event was also a fundraiser to help bring the rest of the film to life. Echo Park pal and creative visionary Becky Stark has been talking about this fantastic film idea for ages. She asked me to take part countless times, but as soon as I hear the word "choreography" I slink away swiftly. For those who may or may not already know, dancing is not my specialty. Actually "rhythm" is not my pal either.
"When we made the record [Imagine Our Love], I just wasn't satisfied with makingone video," Stark confides over the phone. "I wanted to make lots of videos of us dancing in costumes, and there's so many incredible people in my neighborhood, there's so many ladies, I just really wanted to make a video with lots of ladies dancing, with, you know, costumes. I also so much wanted to tell a story, create a mythology for younger people. We have a lot of kids who are like three and four who love our record. They've listened to it a million times. But it's not just a movie for three and four year olds!"
Instead, what began its life as a "gangster earth liberation fantasy with [songwriter and friend] Ariel Pink as the kidnapper" has evolved into a truly magisterial story involving "an interplanetary journey to visit the cosmic mother's council to get the wisdom for how to liberate the Earth." There's a real lavender diamond, a stint in jail, a rescue from a bail bond-settling "secretary angel bird," and a climactic trip to a Chinese gem factory. Scenes routinely explode into Busby Berkeley-esque musical extravaganzas.
Stark explains, "We just decided to stage these really incredible celebrations, you know, fantasies. I feel like there really needs to be more dancing, and full celebration. Especially with women. Because in order for the Earth to come back into balance, I think that there really needs to be a strengthening for all people, but really for the feminine element. For women to really become equal in the world and our society is really how the Earth is going to come back into balance."