deadbird will be streaming on october 14, 2022 at 5pm EST, followed by a panel conversation during an upcoming tour (october 12-15, 2022) to syracuse and hamilton, new york. see below for free tickets [in-person and remote].
it is also available for pay-per-view self-stream on this website. learn more about the film and the opening night conversation between devynn emory and Okwui Okpokwasili.
learn more about the film and the opening night conversation between devynn emory and Okwui Okpokwasili. you are invited to rent the film for your personal viewing, or to purchase the film for institutional screenings and large gatherings. thank you in advance for your honest offering.
accompanying the film is can anybody help me hold this body, a public grief altar in several u.s. cities (or create one of your own) after screening the film.
deadbird centers a cyclical duet between devynn and manny the mannequin in an object/abject relations reflection. devynn is an Indigenous and transgender person who has a long spiritual practice in bridging planes to the spirit world, finding a wild commonality and kinship with the medical mannequins used as the main
teaching tool in nursing school. finding these mannequins as familiar in-between space, deadbird follows three characters who share their stories of near-death experiences and the afterlife, seeded in an amalgamation of patients passed, friends lost in queer community, and family taken by COVID-19.
part-critical commentary of the medical industrial complex in friction with devynn’s ceremonial end-of-life care, deadbird invites an audience to move with these three
characters through three cycles: we begin in an absurdist talk show bleeding truths of medical exploitation; we move to a ritual bathing sequence finding the balm of stretched time while creating space for deteriorating bodies; and we use portals of transformation where the characters transition identity and cross over thresholds and planes. deadbird concludes with an invitation to be unalone.