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Alter Ego, an experimental short by Rusch Meyer, a Berlin-based filmmaker, blends gorgeous cinematography with a rich soundscape by Radium Audio. Jördis Richter's performance is both graceful and freakishly reptilian -- a little like Marvel's X-Men character, Mystique. Make sure to watch full screen in HD to appreciate the visual textures of the abandoned building, which Meyer discovered while location scouting. 

He describes the inspiration for the piece on his Vimeo page:

I could sense the history of the place as I walked around -- so many stories of disease, death, but also of hope and recovery. I started to imagine the different mental states inside a person who might have worked or been a patient here. The idea for the film grew from these thoughts, a journey between the subconscious and the superego!

For more videos by Rusch Meyer, visit http://www.ruschmeyer.org/.

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Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg is the executive producer for video at The AtlanticMore

Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg's work in media spans documentary television, advertising, and print. As a producer in the Viewer Created Content division of Al Gore's Current TV, she acquired and produced short documentaries by independent filmmakers around the world. Post-Current, she worked as a producer and strategist at Urgent Content, developing consumer-created and branded nonfiction campaigns for clients including Cisco, Ford, and GOOD Magazine. She studied filmmaking and digital media at Harvard University, where she was co-creator and editor in chief of H BOMB Magazine.

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