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    Dissard reflects Tucson

    Marianne Dissard has a lot to show Tucson’s lonesome cowgirls and cowboys this month.

    Accompanying the upcoming release of Dissard’s album, L’Abandon, the Tucson artist, in collaboration with Megan Amber Cox, part of the local Tuson artist collective Parasol Project, has produced a film also named “”L’Abandon””, also known by the working title “”Lonesome Cowgirls.”” The remake of the original Andy Warhol film “”Lonesome Cowboys”” is a conceptual experiment in blending music and film, all held together by an atypical narrative centralized in the music itself.

    Themes of the film and the album reflect the title. The title “”has a dual meaning; being abandoned or letting go in a negative sense, but also means the abandon that you feel when you feel free, and letting go and embracing something,”” Dissard said. “”There’s that duality, and the film and the album reflects that in its themes.””

    The film “”tries to do more than the typical video that goes along with an album,”” Dissard said. The film’s structure, composed of vignettes, mirrors the track-central composition of an album, she said. The characters and their motivations are also explorations of the album’s themes.

    “”So I think of it as not just a music video but part of the visuals that explain what roots the album,”” Dissard said.

    Dissard’s projects, including her upcoming poetry reading on Nov. 17 at 7 p.m. at Casa Libre, 228 N. Fourth Ave., are all about blending the lines between different art forms ­— poetry, film, music and lyrics.

    “”It’s fun to fool with format and expectations of what music, what video is,”” Dissard said. “”Who in the hell knows what commercial is this days anyway? It’s an mp3; it’s a little YouTube piece that someone finds. You have to be making music and video all the time just to keep relevant.””

    “”Lonesome Cowgirls”” is more than just an homage to Warhol or an experimental album-video. It’s also a highly collaborative project for many Tucson artists and groups, including co-producer Parasol Project, as well as others such as music party-organizers and artist collective Powhaus Productions.

    “”It was a really fun way to collaborate on such an experimental, playful level,”” Cox said.

    Parasol Project is a multi-functional artist collective that is involved in many projects, including the living statues at Tucson’s Second Saturdays as well as other musical performances and large-scale art exhibits.

    “”It was a pleasure to be able to work with Tucson’s so many great artistic individuals,”” Cox said.

    The film was shot over a whirlwind 24-hour-period, interrupted by a concert which happened between film shootings, presenting Dissard’s new album.

    The film is definitely experimental, but Cox says it has something for everyone willing to take a look.

    “”There’s a story inside of it, and it’s really quite sweet,”” Cox said.

    To Dissard and Cox, this film is just another chance to speak to the Tucson community they are so invested in.

    The film is “”about people here,”” Dissard said. “”It’s about a bunch of cowboys and cowgirls running around, bumping into each other.””

    Dissard, who was born in a small town in southwest France, grew up in Los Angeles and Phoenix but says Tucson is her home now.

    “”It’s the mellowest city in America,”” Dissard said. “”Tucson has to deal with a dual identity, and I think that makes me feel at home, as I have to deal with two cultures.””

    Dissard and Parasol Project’s film premieres at The Loft Cinema on Thursday at 7 p.m., followed by a show at Solar Culture on Friday, playing L’Abandon, the album.

    Those curious about the artistic goings-on are sure to find these upcoming events an interesting and satisfying display of a great deal of artists’ hard work and passion.

    “”Its definitely a Tucson film, a lot about us, about our Tucson,”” Dissard said. “”Everyone here is trying to find that abandon, that freedom.””

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