The Beginning and the End of Everything

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Two years ago, Boaz Yakin reached out to see if I’d be interested in directing a film that appears in his feature film, AVIVA. The project intrigued me, and I took it on.

Director of Photography: Ludovica Isidori. VFX: Detachment East.

The end result, The Beginning and the End of Everything, is a fable about love and loss, told through dance. It’s all very meta, and I’m proud to have been a part of it, and to have written and directed this piece.

Director of Photography: Ludovica Isidori. Pictured: Charissa Kroeger and Jobel Medina.

The cast and crew traversed scorching hot plains, treacherous cliffs, and freezing waters to capture some magic for this project. I’m grateful to the generous cast and mighty crew who got us to the finish line.

The process of making this has been quite cathartic – this was very much art imitating life imitating art, and it will always have a special place in my heart.

Director of Photography: Ludovica Isidori. Pictured: Raymond Ejiofor and Lenin Fernandez.

AVIVA, the feature, was originally scheduled to premiere at SXSW 2020. While clips of my dance film are featured in AVIVA, The Beginning and the End of Everything is a standalone piece.

Director of Photography: Ludovica Isidori. Pictured: Jobel Medina and Charissa Kroeger.

Connecting with Kate Havnevik

I came across composer, Kate Havnevik, and her work when I first moved to LA 11 years ago after leaving a career in finance. I used a song of hers, “A New Day,” in a student assignment at UCLA extension. More than a decade later, I was browsing the Alliance of Women Composers and came across Kate’s name. I had no idea she scored films as well, and reached out to her. To my surprise, she came on board!

Kate Havnevik on the cover of her album, “&i”

We decided that she could do a remix of “A New Day,” for this film, in addition to composing original music. Since SXSW was cancelled, we decided to take some more time and really finesse the score and sound mix during quarantine. We communicated through Skype and got to know each other through this new mode of working that has become the norm.

It was truly a dream come true to work with Kate after being such a big fan of her music. Listen to more of Kate’s work on Spotify and find out what she’s working on here. She also was able to get sound mixer Chris Elms onboard, who has mixed for musicians such as Alanis Morissette and Bjork.

Director of Photography: Ludovica Isidori.
Pictured: Rosalynde LeBlanc, Mimi Sananes Wilheim.

Cast and Crew:

Starring: Charissa Kroeger, Jobel Medina, Raymond Ejiofor, Lenin Fernandez Jr., Rosalynde LeBlanc, Mimi Sananes Wilheim

Writer/Director: Erin Li
Producer: Jesy Odio
Prod. Co: Teenager
Producer for AVIVA: Carlos Zozaya
Director of Photography: Ludovica Isidori
Choreography: Charissa Kroeger with the Dancers
Costume Designer: Elena Flores

Editor: Susumu Kimura
VFX Supervisor: Jay Perez, Detachment East
Composer / Sound Designer: Kate Havnevik
Sound and Music Mix: Chris Elms
Colorist: Parker Jarvie, Company 3

VFX Supervisor: Jay Perez, Detachment East
Composer / Sound Designer: Kate Havnevik
Sound and Music Mix: Chris Elms
Colorist: Parker Jarvie, Company 3

1st AD: Lauren Bates
Steadicam: Nich Musco
1st AC: Min Min Tsai, Nobuyoshi Sakurai
Chief Lighting Technician: Jordan Fliehler
Key Grip: Robert Julin

Movement Direction (Point Dume): Sabrina M. Johnson
Production Sound Mixer: Destiny Farrant
VFX Artist: Diego Vazquez Lozano, Detachment East
PA: Alex Pomerantz, Case Williams