The Key To Annabel Lee [A Woman In Triptych] Principal Photography Wraps

Annabel Lee Triptych

LOS ANGELES, CA (January 19, 2011) – Principal photography concludes this weekend on director Staci Layne Wilson‘s first film, The Key To Annabel Lee [A Woman In Triptych]. “Interestingly enough,” says Wilson, “wrap date was locked in on Edgar Allan Poe’s birthday. We had some rather remarkable coincidences every date we shot — we commenced on December 8, 2010 which marked the 30th anniversary of John Lennon’s assassination (whose song ‘Imagine’ fits our theme as well) and finished the bulk of our filming on December 15, the day one of my favorite directors and a great inspiration, Jean Rollin, passed away.” The director adds, “I also think it’s interesting to note that Annabel Lee is the last complete poem composed by Poe, and it’s the very first thing I directed.”

“The death of a beautiful woman, is unquestionably the most poetical topic in the world.” — Edgar Allan Poe

Death, and things in threes, are major themes in The Key To Annabel Lee [A Woman In Triptych]. Narrating and starring in the films (four shorts, in all — best-described as a cinematic form of installation art) is Nivek Ogre (Repo! The Genetic Opera), famous as the lead singer of the industrial rock band, Skinny Puppy. Diane Ayala Goldner (Feast) appears as a wolf-like seducer in two installments of the experimental film, but “the star of the show, as in the poem, is Annabel Lee herself,” says Wilson. “She is the triptych of the tale, representing a notion along the lines of The Three Faces of Eve.” The director plays a version of the doomed heroine, along with Cherilyn Wilson (Parasmonia) and Corrie Shenigo (After You).

“I became insane, with long intervals of horrible sanity.” — Edgar Allan Poe

“I have three distinct dynamic segments, each of which are comprised of the women portraying Annabel Lee,” just because, “I like things in trios: Clotho, Lachesis and Atropos. Trinities. Sun, moon, and stars. My color palette of red, white, and black. Trimesters. Seraphs — as mentioned in the poem — are angels described as having three wings. Poe uses three R’s – rhyme, rhythm, and repetition – in Annabel Lee.” The fourth, and most major, part is entitled “Integration” and merges the three personalities into one story.

While the plot line hasn’t been revealed yet, Wilson offers some insights. “One of my favorite novels of all time, Lolita, was a little inspired by Poe’s Annabel Lee… Originally, Nabokov titled the novel The Kingdom by the Sea. There are a few connections in my film, especially in regard to the forbidden, obsession, and fetish. Other inspirations include Little Red Riding Hood (see: the Blue Streak Productions logo), the works of Lewis Carroll, and the photography of Helmut Newton.”
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“Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things that escape those who dream only at night.” — Edgar Allan Poe

The Key To Annabel Lee will be shown on July 17, 2011 at the 4th Annual Los Angeles Viscera Festival. To keep updated, please visit www.bluestreakproductions.com

Terrence Kelsey, Media Relations

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The ANNABEL LEE’s (photo credits Staci Layne Wilson. Shem Byron and Annette Slomka):

Cherilyn Wilson
(Cherilyn Wilson as Annabel 1)

Corrie Shenigo
(Corrie Shenigo as Annabel 2)

(Corrie Shenigo as Annabel 2 & Diane Ayala Goldner as The Wolf)

(the writer/director/temptress herself Staci Layne Wilson as Annabel 3)



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