Co-Conspirators: Sara Zalek & Eugene Sun Park
Genre: Expanded Cinema (live performance, film, music)
Status: Post-production


Formidable Dreams is a series of movement-based short films exploring the search for identity through the trickster hero, often out of time with the rest of the society, in between conscious and subconscious states, overstimulated and disillusioned, moving from memory to dream state. They question reality, authenticity, and the quest for inner truth that might be a shared experience. Through images, movement, and sound, the characters create a sense of bewilderment and curiosity as beings who continually seek to rediscover themselves. Working through extensive rehearsal and performance processes, these films are continually evolving works of art that transcend discipline.

These films are already being exhibited as Expanded Cinema, live art woven into the process of making, and we are working on edited material to be distributed to an international network of film and performance festivals.

This project is supported by Chicago Dancemakers Forum, an Individual Artist Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events, the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency through federal funds provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Cheney Foundation. Special thanks for development opportunities by Light Box, Detroit.

SARA ZALEK creates experiences meant to inspire inner reflection. With honesty, humor and charm, she uses her fascination with whimsy and Butoh training to dive and swim in the space between knowing and not knowing, between her inner world and the world outside. Through dynamic improvisations, her process of creating aims to open an audience to their sense of listening and empathy, with the aim of transforming our perspective. Sara is a 2015 Chicago Dancemakers Forum Lab Artist. More info at:




EUGENE SUN PARK is a writer, director, and producer working in narrative and experimental forms. His films have screened at festivals, micro-cinemas, and on broadcast television, including Chicago Underground Film Festival, Athens International Film + Video Festival, Athens Digital Arts Festival (Athens, Greece), DC Asian Pacific American Film Festival, Korea Expat Film Festival (Seoul, Korea), Anthology Film Archives, Portland Art Museum, and on Time Warner Cable.

Eugene’s feature-length script, Michael’s Story, was the winner of the Screenplay Competition at the 37th Asian American International Film Festival. He is a 2014 recipient of an Artist Project Grant from the Illinois Arts Council. Eugene's latest producing project, a short narrative film about Japanese American WWII confinement, is supported by a JACS Grant from the US Department of the Interior, National Park Service.