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CTS Presents: A Film Screening of ‘Donnée’ by RJ LaRussa at The State House

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RJ LaRussa and Sephrina Martinez-Hall in Donnée

CT Scramble and The State House Present: A Film Screening of RJ LaRussa’s short film Donnée, with music performances from Greetings and Early Lover of Mankind (Jason Rule of Queen Moo). Event page here.

Where: The State House, 310 State St, New Haven, CT 06510

When: Thursday, December 20th, 8 p.m.

Tickets: $7 Advance, $12 at Door. Purchase Tickets here.

All Ages

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RJ LaRussa at Tainted Studios

RJ LaRussa: https://rjlarussa.com/
RJ LaRussa is a Hartford filmmaker and University of Hartford alumni. LaRussa has worked on a wide variety of productions ranging from fiction and documentary to music videos and experimental film.

His work has one central goal: crafting visuals that first and foremost serve the story. The relationship between people and the world around them is integral to his work as a storyteller. On set he considers experimentation and improvisation after careful planning as central to the artistic process, bridging the real and surreal through the creation of an emotional dialectic.

His most recent directorial work, Donnée, explores the intersection of melodrama and documentary through Connecticut’s DIY music scene.

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Paolo Celentano (left) and Sephrina Martinez-Hall (right) in Donnée

RJ LaRussa Presents his short film: Donnée

Donnée – noun: The subject or theme of a narrative.

How do you know yourself, let alone something you shared with another? Reality and fiction collide in this melodoc (see: melodrama, documentary) set against Connecticut’s DIY music scene. Donnée uses surrealism and experimental techniques to weave the dreams, emotions, fears, and desires of two local artists into an interrogation of reality in relationships.

Filmed and edited over the course of two years, Donnée interacts with its subjects, and itself, to ask us to find a common truth.

Donnée stars Sephrina Alejandra Martinez-Hall and Paolo Celentano, and was written by Alix Rettig and RJ LaRussa.

Watch a video of “Samsung” by Jelani Sei, filmed by RJ LaRussa: