Feature length live cinema performance exploring truth and myth across the state of New York

True Fictions is the result of a year-long media art project created by audiovisual artist Christopher Thomas Allen in collaboration with a range of film and musical talents that was commissioned by EMPAC, The Experimental Media and Performing Arts Centre based in the town of Troy, New York, USA in 2006.

This is the first fully commissioned, feature-length live cinema work by The Light Surgeons that fuses documentary filmmaking, original music, animation, and motion graphics. This show utilized the latest DVD turntables from Pioneer at the time to weave original music and storytelling into a single performance.

True Fictions is a landmark live cinema work that explores the themes of truth and myth through a multitude of American and Native American voices; with an original musical score created through a unique collaboration between 25 musicians and vocal artists from New York.

True Fictions has been performed by:

Christopher Thomas AllenAudio & Video
Ben AllenAudio & Video
Tim CowieAudio & Video
Robert Pyecroft-Rainbow Video & Analogue Operations
Jude GreenawayAudio
Mark McRaeLive Guitars & Keys
Malcolm LitsonAudio & Analogue Operations
Matt WaterfordLighting Designer

True Fictions Music release:

The co-created music from this project has been released as a limited addition double vinyl record on NLS Records and is availble to buy via or shop or Bandcamp page.


Director & Producer:Christopher Thomas Allen
Filmmakers:Christopher Thomas Allen & Robert Pyecroft-Rainbow
Camera: Christopher Thomas Allen, Robert Pyecroft-Rainbow & Helen Omand
Editing & Post-Production:Christopher Thomas Allen, James Price & Tim Cowie
Animation:Martin Banks, Tim Cowie & Blinkinlab
Audio Interviews:Christopher Thomas Allen, Robert Pyecroft-Rainbow & Jo Williamson
Assistant Producer:Annie Kwan
Research Producer:Helen Omand
NYC Production Co-ordination:Sarah Pace
Music Production:Tim Cowie
Addition Audio Production:Malcolm Litson, Mark McRae & Jude Greenaway

New York Musical Contributors:

Drums:Brian Fishler, Scotty ‘Imp’ Lehman,
Rev Mofo & Pat Rock
Percussion:Rev MofoValerie Opielski & Isabel Pupo Walker
Vibraphone:Sean McCall
Flute & Saxophone:Joseph Jarman
Soprano Saxophone:Martha Hyde
Tenor Saxophone:Welf Dorr
Bass Guitar:Robbie Seahag & Jason Deiso
Electric Guitar:Laurent MedelgiValerie Opielski
& Robbie Seahag
Acoustic Guitar:Laurent Medelgi & Jo Williamson
Fiddle:Luke Cissell
Double Bass:Tom Mayer
Cello:Brent Arnold
Oud:Mavrothi Kontanis
Grand Piano:Chris Chalfant
MC’s:Atypical, DezmaticEmskee, & Nobs
Vocalists:Adrienne Hecker, Marrie Mascari,
Melanie Moser & Chanda Rule
Studio Engineer:Ben Allen

International Touring:

EMPAC, The Armour, Troy, New York, USA, September, 2007
Urban Screens Festival, The Great Hall, Manchester, UK, October, 2007
Teatro degli Arcimboldi, Milano, Italy, November, 2007
ZEMOS98 Festival, Seville, Spain, March, 2008
onedotzero festival, IMAX Cinema, BFI Southbank, London, November, 2008
Loop FestivalBrighton Pavilion, Brighton, July, 2009
TRANS Festival, Waterfront, Captalist Arts, Belfast, July, 2009
Mirowave Festival, Rotuda3, HITEC, Hong-Kong, November, 2009
Hackney Film Festival, The Others, London, September 2010
Freeform Festival, Warsaw, Poland, October, 2010
ON_OFF FestivalItau Cultral, Sao Paulo, brazil, June 2011

Special thanks to:

The Seneca-Iroquois National Museum, Salamanca
The Ronathahonni Cultural Center, Cornwall Island, Ontario
Nichols Meat Processing, Altamont, NY
David Lublin & Ray Cutler at VIDVOX
Kathleen Forde, Jason Steven Murphy, and all the staff at EMPAC

TRUE FICTIONS is an EMPAC Commission supported by The Jaffe Fund for Experimental Media & Performing Arts NY

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