The extraordinary story of a two aspiring musicians who venture on a metamorphic journey -
from their humble beginnings as dumpster-diving folk band to their rapid rise to international success to overcoming doubts when they inhabit an abandoned opera house and create an alternate reality of their own.
Best friends and artists, Ben and Jeff, have called a hiatus at the peak of their musical career and follow their instincts to inhabit and revive an abandoned opera house in Providence, Rhode Island. While recording their fourth album in the recording studio they’ve built inside the venue, they find themselves exploring the acoustics and history of the theatre, leading them dive into a world of their own.
Am I the Dream or the Dreamer is a documentary that shines a light on the creative process of a musician, as told by the founding members of The Low Anthem. The film explores the whimsical nature of different artists who chose to follow their intuition, while sharing the history of a band who has transformed from aspiring to inspiring.
Butch Norton - drummer for Lucinda Williams, Fiona Apple, Tracy Chapman
“I was totally blown away...Beautifully put together. It was magical, informative, touching and inspiring.”
Simon Taffe - curator of UK’s End of the Road Festival
"This film shows a band who are not afraid of ripping up the rulebook to see how far they can explore new ideas and sounds, despite the obstacles and pressures of the music industry"
Ulf Kjell Gür - Swedish theatre producer/musician
“This is a film which, no matter how many viewers it will ever have, will never have enough.”
When I started what eventually became this film, I was full of questions : What does it mean to seek truth? What does it take to be an artist?
In autumn 2015, I had just moved to Providence, Rhode Island where I was surrounded by writers, musicians, poets, dreamers. Realizing that I was given access to a remarkable story of what one can create when they have a strong vision and supportive community, I followed my own intuition to direct and produce the first-feature length documentary.
For three years, this film has it lead me on the path of self-discovery in the process, realizing my potential as a visionary and storyteller.
Director , Executive Producer & Cinematographer : Natále Tsipori
Natále Tsipori is a filmmaker and musician living and working in Providence, Rhode Island. Her films study the process of self-examination itself, rendering its complexities with emotional power and visual clarity. Natále understands the importance of conscious storytelling through filmmaking and stays passionate about inspiring future generations. In 2017, she was invited to screen a rough cut of her first feature film at the End of the Road Music Festival in Dorset, England.
Assistant Director , Producer , Cinematographer & Editor : Charlie Weber
Charlie Weber is a documentary filmmaker who has produced short films for Outside Magazine as well as Rhode Island PBS. He worked for Vice’s TV channel Viceland as an assistant video editor, most notably working on the shows Terror and King of The Road. His goal is to tell stories in new and untraditional ways that break the conventional thoughts of documentary film, and in turn allow the audience to experience a greater empathy for the characters and walk away feeling inspired.
Associate Producer & Cinematographer : Robert Houllahan
Robert Houllahan is a Providence cinematographer and the owner of Cinelab, one of New England’s largest motion film picture laboratories. He has a passion for 8mm and 16mm filmmaking, scanning and coloring film for projects including Oscar-nominated Prisoner of the Mountains, directed by Sergei Bodrov.
Cinematographer : Julia Liu
Julia C Liu is a filmmaker and artist. As a child, Liu was constantly storytelling through her comics and illustrations. This turned into a passion for cinematography as a way to bring her drawings to life. Liu is the Director of Photography for the Netflix Original documentary "Take Your Pills" which premiered at SXSW Film Festival 2018 and was named one of the best documentaries on Netflix by Wired UK.
Liu first cut her teeth in the film industry working as a Camera Assistant on hit shows like Girls, Person of Interest, and White Collar. After working under Oscar-nominated cinematographer Ellen Kuras on the set of an Errol Morris film, Liu was inspired to pursue her dream of becoming a Director of Photography.
Liu is a contributing director to the New York Times' Emmy-nominated Op-Doc Series and has directed and shot music videos featured on Stereogum, NPR Music, and Impose Magazine. She is the co-collaborator of "Windfall" a video art installation which was acquired by the Corning Museum of Glass.
Liu has filmed such faces as Octavia Spencer, Claire Danes, Jim Parsons, Jena Malone and Priyanka Chopra. Clients include Lego, Aflac, Hewlett Packard and Facebook. She is a member of the International Cinematographers Guild, Local 600, and a graduate of Brown University. She enjoys knitting, gardening and drawing comics in her spare time.
Cinematographer : Rich Ferri
Rich Ferri is a cinematographer based in Rhode Island with a focus on commercial, fashion, music, and documentary films. Since leaving his role as a high school educator in 2016, Rich has produced videos for a wide range of artists, musicians, brands, and organizations. Notably, Rich covered Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ 2016 “This Unruly Mess” tour, filmed a documentary series in Vietnam for Rock Paper Scissors Children’s Fund, produced a commercial series for Alex & Ani, and is a member of the the Newport Folk Festival documentary crew.
Cinematographer : Keith Heyward
As a filmmaker, Keith has created a variety of media experiences from documentaries to multimedia art exhibits and music videos. He has worked for organizations including BBC, National Geographic, Netflix, Science Channel, NHK Enterprises, and many universities. He is the creator of BuriedIce.com, an interactive website offering a unique digital experience of the Antarctic Dry Valleys.
Creative Consultant : Ian Larson
Ian Larson is a New England based location manager, producer, and filmmaker. Ian has worked on projects for HBO, Disney, Sony Pictures Classic, and Lions Gate.
Sound Engineer : Nic Coolidge
Nic Coolidge is a producer, guitarist, engineer, and vocalist. Currently residing in Prague, CZ, he is an engineer and producer at Faust Studios. He creates his own music under the alias JULIA, and just released the debut EP via Nona Records.
As a producer, Nic has released music on Boysnoize Records, Last Night on Earth, Bpitch Control, My Favorite Robot, PRMD, and Houndstooth. Some artists he has worked with include: Maya Jane Coles (KNOX remix), Paula Temple, Sasha, Throwing Snow, Robot Koch, Strip Steve, Jori Hulkkonen, John Tejada, and Kabuki. Recently, Nic teamed up with Sterling Fox, the songwriter behind Lana Del Rey’s “Video Games”, helping track and produce his upcoming release. He has also scored music for a variety of different video projects and advertisements. Some clients include: Epic Bar, Zico, Fanum, and Chef Driven (PBS). Nic is a creator for the sample pack company Samplephonics, based in London.
Sound Designer / Composer : Derek Delahunt
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