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A silent, short film that deliberates the harmonious, colorful relationships harbored between all life forms on earth, through the movement of brush and body.
Asher Jay
New York, New York
United States
1 Team Member
"Full Breath Cycle"

A silent short film.


We are all united by something as simple as a full breath cycle. This film focuses on the cyclical nature of life, and the inherent connection shared between organisms on land and in water, anchoring all life in the instant of a single inhale and exhale.


Set against the backdrop of a large painting created by artist Asher Jay, two body-painted ballerinas pulsate and emerge from disparate ecosystems, reach in the image of Michaelangelo’s “The Creation of Adam,” in a moment of conscious breath, to conceptually link all life, whilst also disintegrating the anthropogenic barrier between artifice and nature.

The painting will have a below the surface view of a coral reef as portrayed in the attachments below and a simple terrestrial landscape.


Two painted ballerinas will occupy the dimensions of the canvas described, one will assume the form of terrestrial fauna whilst the other blends into the narrative of the reef. In stepping out of their disparate realms they describe transformation, interdependence, and evolution. A former dancer of the New York City Ballet (Viki Psihoyos) will choreograph a small sequence to deepen this dialogue, which will be performed by two established dancers from City Ballet. The piece will culminate in both ballerinas shedding their animal forms, and evolving into human beings, in effect stepping away from their natural habitats, which are represented by the canvas. The dancers can transcend the dated contrasts built by ambi-morphic forms, and show the wild within against the backdrop of biological habitat. Animal-human hybrids have been around since the time of the Egyptians, so this non-dualistic chronicle will take it a step further, as we serve witness to a connection that one-ups a mere revival of pagan forms.

This film is part of the Last Exhale project, which is a multimedia journey started by Jay in late 2012. The undertaking relies on extraordinary creative collaborations with concerned citizens and talents, as well as an introspective dialogue expressed by Jay. In an effort to understand what it means to breathe one's last and what is encompassed and united by a single breath, Jay has commenced several projects simultaneously, all of which explore the value of life by grieving loss. Instead of emphasizing positive space and focusing on what remains, this project deliberates absence, and the negative space impressed by extinctions upon the tapestry of life supported by our blue marble.

The Team:

Asher Jay, Director, Artist

Designer, artist, writer, speaker, and activist, Jay is a conservationist who best expresses herself through creative media. Her efforts thus far have all been concentrated around the preservation of wildlife, sustainable development and animal welfare. The founder of her very own country, The United Flotsam of Garbagea (www.garbagea.com), and Sea Speak Sphere (www.seaspeaksphere.com), she sparks engaging visual discourses about contemporary ecological and humanitarian concerns (www.asherjay.com).

Viki Psihoyos Choreographer

Trained at George Balanchine's School of American Ballet for nine years, resulting in her being chosen as a principle dancer by New York City Ballet, Viki has evolved a keen vocabulary for movement. She worked on Media Relations, for the Academy Award winning documentary, The Cove and is now the founder of her very own web platform for marine activism called The Ocean Tracker.

Dana Jacobson and Lara Tong Dancers

Dana and Lara are both members of New York City Ballet's corpa de ballet. Seasoned dancers who have both trained with the School of American Ballet (SAB) the official school of dance for New York City Ballet.

Aric Gutnik Cinematographer.

Aric has experience filming both music videos and full length films. He is presently working on diverse documentaries, including the "99% Film" which premiered at Sundance and will open this fall in theatres.

Piyali Banerji Body Painter

Piyali has a background as a muralist and body painting, she overlaps traditional body painting techniques, theatrical make up and dot drawing to visualize evocative narratives on skin. She has worked with numerous reputed performance troupes including Cirque Du Soleil.

Susanna Chang Composer

With an eclectic ear for Opera, and classical music, and an affinity for exotic eastern influences, Susanna has a unique acoustic sensibility that is both haunting and dynamic. Her ability to infuse the unexpected into the familiar gives the stories she scores profound depth. She has already collaborated in this capacity, with Jay on two discrete projects.

This project is supported by Bristle + Creme, a lifestyle salon and espresso bar in New York City, www.bristleandcreme.com


This is where you come in!

We need some funding to compensate our effort and offset the costs so no one involved is at a loss for collaborating to advance conservation in this world. This work has a pronounced vision for the collective and thus needs to be supported by the collective!

This project simply cannot happen without the projected bare bones budget, which will help Jay pay for art materials, necessary equipment rental, and afford base wage compensation for labor on the day of and ensure the development of content on the official website for this project, which will be lastexhale.com. The site needs to be constructed.

This film will be a remarkable one of a kind undertaking, it is a vision I have lived with for over a year, and the time and team have finally aligned. We are filming on the 26th in New York City. We need the $5000 by this Friday. YOU can make this happen! Pitch in, be a part of the journey! Be listed in the credits as a producer.

The Impact

I am speaking at several reputed conferences this year, where I will be able to share this content, it will be included in the final installation of Last Exhale, which like my previous exhibit "Message in a Bottle" will travel and show with several galleries and Museums. The film will also be submitted to various film festivals under the shorts category. This is one of five films that Jay wants to explore the conservation dialogue through, and she is deeply honored to have such an extraordinary team with her for the "Full Breath Cycle."

Other Ways You Can Help

If you can't contribute, please share this link with friends who can help! Do post the link on your social media, urging your network of friends to participate in this venture as producers.

Thank you!
Asher Jay
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    Your name will appear in the credit in order of value donated. Bonus: I will scream your name out from my rooftop.

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  • $100USD

    Your name will be listed in the credit in order of the value donated. You will get two stills from the shoot emailed to you that you can use as a desktop image or cover photo. The images will be a work of art! Bonus: I will post a status update on my social media stream thanking you. I can also name one of the pigeons or sparrows I feed in my neighborhood park after you.

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    Your name will be listed in the credit in order of the value donated. You will get four stills from the shoot emailed to you that you can use as a desktop image or cover photo. The images will be a work of art! Bonus: I will also howl at the next full moon from my rooftop in honor of your contribution. Know that your part in this is sincerely appreciated!

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  • $1,000USD

    Your name will be listed in the credit in order of the value donated. A copy of the film will be sent to you and you will get four beautiful stills from the shoot. Bonus: I will write a poem pertaining to a conservation topic of your choice and go recite it in Times Square or on the High Line, your call. You will get a you tube link to that once in a lifetime experience.

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