Official REMEDY Trailer
REMEDY is the first feature film directed by Cheyenne, distributed for VOD by Gravitas Ventures and released on DVD in Germany/Austria/Switzerland through déjà-vu FILM. REMEDY is a hybrid of creative biography and narrative fiction, based on the director’s own experiences working as a pro-switch in New York City.
Street Beatz with Monét X Change
STREET BEATZ is an experimental talk show created by New York City drag queen Monét X Change. She picks a public space to get into full drag and whatever happens happens. I both filmed and edited this piece.
BinderCon 2014 Sizzle Reel
This is a promotional reel for the inaugural BinderCon held in October 2014 in New York City.
BinderCon NYC 2015 Promo
Promotional Video for Wilton Library (Wilton, CT)
Feed Me a Story
Feed Me a Story is a transmedia project that encourages people to share secret family recipes in a documentary style video cookbook, produced by Theresa Loong and Laura Nova. I had the privilege of shooting these four videos at the Lower East Side Essex Market, which is just down the street from me.
BLOODBATH by BOB THE DRAG QUEEN (feat. MITCH FERRINO)
Stem to stern, this video took 72 hours and zero permits to complete, not including 3.5 hours of producing while driving — not recommended. I directed, produced, and edited this insane horror show.
The Skill Set
Pitch trailer for The Skill Set. Written by Alana Massey, directed and edited by me.
A Queen for the People – Seed & Spark Campaign Video
BOB THE DRAG QUEEN! CAN WE TIP HER? YES WE CAN! This ridiculous video was part of a Seed & Spark campaign for the upcoming comedy/documentary special A Queen for the People.
REMEDY Investor Trailer
This is a four minute extended “Investor Trailer” for REMEDY — hence the lack of color correction. 🙂
ARTSFWD Lessons from the Field: Case Study on Latino New South
Love Songs for the Rest of Us: How I Like It
“How I Like It” is a music video about enthusiastic consent, part of the project Love Songs for the Rest of Us. I contributed second camera and all post-production; yet another opportunity to experiment with rhythm and time remapping! Song by Jillian Buckley and Stephanie Ryan Johnstone. Directed by Rachel Chavkin.
Mornings Come and Go (MC Frontalot)
This music video combines the fairy tale that the song is based on — “The Mastermaid” — with an homage to my favorite 1980s romance flick Some Kind of Wonderful with a bit of Cyrano for garnish. As a storytelling vehicle, I tucked story and narration elements within a parody dating site called OKFineThen. I love the challenges of multi-channel storytelling, especially when combined with animation. Starring my friends Bob the Drag Queen, Hye Yun, and Melissa Roth.
WORK: Episode 1 – Timewasters
When I finished REMEDY, I had some regrets that I couldn’t fit in more of the light and absurd moments of the commercial fetish industry. “Timewasters” is a tribute to the hours spent waiting in lounges for clients who will never show up. While it may not make for drama, it is an integral part of the sex work experience. This short has already screened in festivals in Europe and Asia. I hope to add three more episodes to the collection this spring.
KinkedIn Splash Page Video
KinkedIn is a new dating app for kinky people which will launch on a rolling basis over the course of 2017. They celebrate and respect folks of all genders, orientations, bodies, abilities, and backgrounds. I’m happy to have been a part of the AirBNB inspired moving photography on the site’s landing page!
Freaky Money – Bob the Drag Queen’s audition video for Season 7 of RuPaul’s Drag Race
Shoot Days: 2. Budget: Box of pizza and a clip lamp. Crew: Me and 20 drag queens. Turnaround: 5 days. Bob’s Direction: “I kinda like those Skrillex videos.”
While this wasn’t the video that got Bob the Drag Queen on “Drag Race,” I want to think it was the one that got him on RuPaul’s radar.
You Wear it Well — Monét X Change’s audition video for Season 8 of RuPaul’s Drag Race
My first RuPaul’s Drag Race audition music video collaboration with Monét X Change, and yet another chance for my bathroom to make an appearance. I took advantage of the rolling shutter and jelly effect on the a7s to enable whip pans without resorting to canned transitions and went for a vintage look in post. (Right down to dancing silhouette multi-superimposition segment in the middle.)
Cheyenne Picardo received her BA in Film Studies and Creative Writing from Columbia College, determine to be a film critic and theorist. Then she fell in love with editing and documenting self-described freaks of the New York performance scene, eventually earning her MFA in Photography, Video and Related Media from the School of Visual Arts. Just before grad school, Picardo took the job that inspired her first feature film REMEDY, that of a pro-switch (dominatrix/submissive) at a commercial dungeon in New York City. Her focus recently has been using subjective storytelling techniques to explore sexuality, gender, mental health, memory, and marginalization. She hopes to harness the power of the mass-media’s influence over culture to destroy outdated and dangerous tropes. In short, she is committed as a filmmaker and film educator to dismantling the destructive legacy of the Hays Code, one frame at a time.
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