Medicine – A Dance Film – Watch it here
An Interview with Zack Benitez by Dufflyn Lammers
Zack Benitez has created Medicine – a dance film about what it is like to be in love with an addict/alcoholic. Zack’s film “Medicine,” physicalizes the painful inner struggle of addiction and codependence. By holding up the mirror with his dance film, Zack has given this story a voice, and even a body.
A veteran dancer and choreographer, he has danced, consulted or assisted as choreographer on numerous television shows and has performed throughout Europe and Asia; spending the past four years living primarily in Paris, France.
“I myself am not an addict,” Zack told me. “But I’ve had relationships in my life that have been touched by addiction. One was my first love. A couple years after we had broken up I found out that he had overdosed at a party and was in a coma at the hospital. A month later something else happened pretty much exactly the same and he went to rehab. He became erratic and lied to me about his using and eventually I had to cut him out of my life. The whole idea is that the addict is consumed by their disease, and we in turn, those of us who care for the addict become consumed by their demons as well.”
In the film Zack is playing the addict and his counterpart is playing the loved one. Tamara Marthe, the female dancer in the film, is the top recording artist in France and won the French version of “Dancing With The Stars.” The film starts from her perspective and “…she becomes an addict with him,” Zack says. “For me the biggest part of the dance was the change in the music. There’s a part where we’re not dancing anymore we’re just pushing each other and yelling. And for me that’s the moment where you just can’t handle it anymore, where you give up, or give in. That’s it.”
Dufflyn Lammers is a Recovery Coach, Actor and Writer in Los Angeles, Paris and London. See more at www.dufflyn.com and www.thelaactorsblog.com
Directed by Charles Baldassarra
Choreographed by Zack Benitez
Assistant Choreographer: Priscilla Villa
Dancer: Tamara Marthe and Zack Benitez
Hair and Make Up by Elia Weppe
Camera/Lenses/Gear : Red Dragon / Leica Summicron / DJI Ronin
Editing/Grading : Premiere Pro with .r3d 6k native files / Colorista II
Music : Daughter – Medicine