It all started with a tape.
Unwound draws inspiration from a cassette tape diary from the 1970s, rediscovered in 2011 by director Michael Marabella. The tape contained the collected thoughts and musings of a young woman who referred to herself only as “K.R.,” recorded over a four-month period in 1976. The entries are often simple—K.R. frets over an upcoming astronomy test, comments on the weather, drinks with friends—yet they offer a poignant look into the life of this young woman.
Unwound features four different entries from the tape adapted for film, each entry conceptualized and executed by a different director. Each director worked from the source material of the 1976 cassette tape, but their segments were influenced by their own impressions of K.R., and the themes they found in the entries of the tape. Likewise, each segment features a different actress interpreting the role of K.R. By presenting four distinct perspectives on the girl from the tape, Unwound explores not only the ways one person can appear in the eyes of others, but also the ways that the memory of a person can come to influence others—even complete strangers, separated by many years.
Michael Marabella is a producer/director originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He has produced a number of commercial and narrative projects under his production company, Rubber Bands Media. Michael started UNWOUND when he stumbled upon the project- inspiring cassette tape in a thrift store in 2011.
Dan Bello is originally from Mexico City. He has a special interest in social and travel documentaries. He is currently working on a documentary that deals with gender roles in a town in Oaxaca, Mexico, where a large portion of men like to cross-dress. Dan’s interest in dream sequences and surreal narrative films inspire much of his work.
James Berry was born and raised in Raleigh, North Carolina, but has lived in Montana, Los Angeles, and now resides in New York City. He has written, produced, and directed three short films of a sizable budget, the most recent being I, Helios, a science fiction tale starring sci-fi legend Doug Jones.