Located ten miles off the coast of mainland New England, the Oceanic Hotel is the grand, yet far-from-modern home to the thousands of guests who brave the choppy seas to visit during the warmer spring and summer months. Off-season, the hotel and the 43-acre Star Island on which it sits is home to Alexandra de Steiguer – its winter caretaker who braves the colder, darker months of inclement weather by embracing the solitude and finding inspiration, and life, in what would otherwise be considered the ‘bones’ of winter.
Director: Brian Bolster
Year of Release: 2017
Running Time: 14
New England Connection: Brian Bolster grew up in Woburn, MA.
Director(s) Bio:: Brian grew up in suburban Boston, MA before attending and graduating from the film program at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. His short documentary films have screened at over seventy international film festivals including Sundance Film Festival, Camden International Film Festival, Outfest, Slamdance Film Festival and Traverse City Film Festival, and have also been distributed by The Atlantic Video, Aeon Video, and United Airlines among other channels. His most recent film, Winter's Watch won New Hampshire Film of the Year at the 2017 New Hampshire Film Festival. His short documentary, The Tricks List won Best Director at the 2016 Tacoma Film Festival, and in 2014 his short documentary One Year Lease won the award for Best Documentary Short at the Tribeca Film Festival and was a Cinema Eye Honors 2015 nominee for Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Short Filmmaking. He is a three-time alumnus of Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, and his short documentary The Lookout won the festival’s Big Sky Award in 2012. Brian also holds an M.A. in Curriculum and Teaching from Teachers College, Columbia University, and has worked in several public and private schools in New York City, and as an educational researcher for Nickelodeon’s Blue’s Clues.
FILMOGRAPHY: Razing Faith (2009), The Lookout (2011), The Mercantile (2012), White Blaze (2013),One Year Lease (2014), The Tricks List (2015), Winter's Watch (2017), Departing Gesture (2019)
Number of shooting days: 7
Camera Used: Sony A7S II
Editing software: Adobe Premiere Pro CC
Financed by: Self-financed