Writer/producer/actress Kyra Zagorsky recently spoke with “Breakthrough Entertainment” and Phoenix Movie Examiner about her new short film “Chained.”
In “Chained,” which will screen Thursday, Aug. 22 at the Action on Film International Film Festival, Mike Dopud plays great war-king Agamemnon, whose daughter Iphigenia (MacKenzie Porter) is fated to be sacrificed to the gods. In a last ditch effort to rescue her, he calls upon his guardian goddess Athena (Kyra Zagorsky) and entreats her to defend Iphigenia from her death sentence.
Listen to “Breakthrough Entertainment” and Phoenix Movie Examiner's full interview with Zagorsky by clicking on the image in the upper left-hand corner of this article. The following is an excerpt from the interview in which the writer/producer/actress discusses the theme of the timeless relationship between mankind and their creators in “Chained.”
“I have always been a bit of Greek myth nerd. I really like those stories. I think that there is something about the magic. But, I have seen a lot of films - like ‘Clash of the Titans’ - where you are just watching these big, epic gods and don't really feel connected to them. So I thought, ‘What if the gods were chained to the humans? What if [the humans] actually had a connection to their creators so that they have to really deal with them and have real relationships with them?’
“That way, the audience can actually connect to the humanity of the gods and the humans. I think that it just make you feel for all of the characters. And then you are also dealing with cause-and-effect issues. You have to take responsibility for your actions. So, if you kill the sacred stag, you can't just go around doing that. It's a sacred creature. So you are also dealing with things of nature and the bigger picture other than just our North American narcissistic society. So it is just getting into bigger, more important things beyond ourselves.
“After studying the different myths and deciding how I wanted to create the character, I trained in Kalie Scrima. It is a Filipino martial art. I was also playing around with the idea that her symbol is the owl. She is the wise goddess. So I was watching different owl videos, trying to incorporate their movement into my character in the way that I move, in the way that I fight and just in the way that I even pay attention to things in the scene. It was kind of fun and creative that way.” - Kyra Zagorksy