In This Life

Grief is unavoidable and universal; a painfully physical experience in which language is often inadequate and where words are often unable to convey loss or to comfort it.  In five acts, this film illustrates the stages of grief, exploring the language of loss through dance, narrative scenes, and performance art, conveying the complexity of grief in the often wordless way it impacts all our lives.

After every major loss, we must grieve for the person we used to be, for the future we thought we'd have. The journey to accept this new version of ourselves is often fraught with rage and pain as we shed our old skin to make way for the new. This film is about that journey.

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Directed by
Bat-Sheva Guez

Written by
Bat-Sheva Guez & Robbie Fairchild

Starring
Robbie Fairchild

Choreographers
James Alsop, Warren Craft,  Robbie Fairchild, Andrea Miller, Christopher Wheeldon,

Cinematography
Giacomo Belletti

Production Design
Karen Weber

Performers
Martha Nichols, Heather Lang, Michael Rosen, Ryan Steel, Ahmad Simmons, Julien Valme, Rico Lebron, Cassandra Surianello, Kathleen Laituri, Abby Stephensen

*** Find us on instagram, youtube and facebook via #InThisLifeFilm

#inthislifefilm WON BEST EXPERIMENTAL FILM brooklynfilmfestival!!! 🌈🌈🌈🌈 Congratulations batshevaguez and robbiefairchild 🤸‍♂️ So honored to share a part of this beautiful work!!! . #5stagesofgrief #dancefilm #womeninfilm #inThisLifeMovie ...

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We are going to Lincoln Center!! Such a milestone to screen something that I directed at the Walter Reade Theater. (But I will play it cool - NBD) #InThisLifeFilm is one of the highlight short films at the Dance on Camera Festival. . Catch us July 12th at 8:45 pm. Oh, and I did I mention we have a trailer? Here it is. . . Starring robbiefairchild who wrote it with me. Choreography by jamesals0p Warren Craft, wheeldony gallimdanceco and Robbie Fairchild Cast includes heatherblee, kathleen_laituri michaelhsurosen, ahmadsimmons cassysurianello abigailemstephenson, nichols14, ricolebron ryesteele julienvalme Score by babyt33th #dance #dancefilm #trailer #LincolnCenter #ITLmovie ...

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Spent my Labor Day directing a dance film in the ocean. Here are our dancers heatherblee and michaelhsurosen resting on the dock before our last setup. Choreography by dremills_gallim #InThisLifeFilm day 2/5. Masks by jortface . . #danceoncamera #womeninfilm #indiefilm #ITLfilm ...

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So moved by robbiefairchild ‘s performance today. This actor can seriously bring it. #InThisLifeFilm day 3/5 #directing #onset #filmmaking #ITLfilm ...

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Apparently the New York Times thinks you should see my movie tonight!! I'm so honored to be mentioned. 💖 Catch IN THIS LIFE at 8:45 pm at the Walter Reade Theater at Lincoln Center. Tickers in my bio. . . #inthislifemovie #grief #dance #performanceart #movies nytimes ...

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#inthislifefilm WON BEST EXPERIMENTAL FILM brooklynfilmfestival!!! 🌈🌈🌈🌈 Congratulations batshevaguez and robbiefairchild 🤸‍♂️ So honored to share a part of this beautiful work!!! . #5stagesofgrief #dancefilm #womeninfilm #inThisLifeMovie ...

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#Repost robbiefairchild Bargaining Act lll In This Life Directed by batshevaguez Choreography by andreamiller_gallim Photo by dottaviophoto Score by babyt33th #fivestagesofgrief NYC Premiere July 12th 8:45 pm Walter Reade Theater Ticket link in bio. . . . #dance #ocean #GallimDance #inthislifemovie ...

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My beautiful dancers watching playback during our shoot yesterday. #InThisLifeFilm choreography by jamesals0p . . . #directing #onset #behindthescenes #danceoncamera #inThisLifeMovie ...

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Huge congrats to batshevaguez (from episode 11) Her film #inthislifefilm won Best Experimental Film at the brooklynfilmfestival! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 #directing #5stagesofgrief #dancefilm #womeninfilm #inThisLifeMovie #WomeninFilm #filmmaker #filmmaking #nsldpodcast #filmmakingpodcast ...

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Dear MA friends! My short film is screening in Providence at the (Oscar-qualifying ooh!) Rhode Island Int'l Film Festival. You're invited! We go on at 6pm. If you're around, it would be lovely to see you! flickers.riiff #inthislifemovie #stagesofgrief #genre-bending #awardwinning #film ...

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So proud to have collaborated on this film #InThisLifeFilm, starring robbiefairchild directed by batshevaguez. We spent 14 hours in the ocean, shivering, rock scraped, sun burnt and I loved every minute of it! See it at The Dance on Camera Festival at Lincoln Center, July 12! Link in Bio! . . . . Photo: dottavio77 ...

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Shootin' in the Lord's house today ⚡️grand finale production day of #inthislifefilm directed by batshevaguez starring robbiefairchild 🌸✨such an honor to #productiondesign for... 🙏🏽love this cast and crew, the talent is mind blowing! (📸: sunnie_kim) #thatsawrap #weberproductiondesign #femalefilmmakers #femalefilmakerfriday ...

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#inthislifefilm yesterday with robbiefairchild. Thanks to the awesome team who worked so quickly and efficiently. batshevaguez ...

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In This Life - Whole Film