2012 Online New England Film Festival
Convinced by his father that their traveling back to his hometown is an archeological exploration of the past, Jackson instead finds the torn relationship between his grandfather and father.
“It’s not just uphill, every step is uphill.” What is this mountain running phenomena and how can there be a 50-year history of running up New England’s arduous and tallest peak? Running the Rockpile takes you up just one hill for the climb of a lifetime.
Set on the unforgiving Maine coast, Baby Blue follows the journey of a father delving into the nature of closure and fulfilling promises.
After his diagnosis with terminal cancer, eccentric filmmaker Sanjiban Sellew spent his final days at home with family and friends. Choosing to be as open with death as he was with life, he narrated on camera the extraordinary changes happening to him: “I feel myself becoming less of a human being daily, by the cancer in my brain that’s still chomping away at my electronics, my circuit boards.” After two and a half months, he died at home in rural Massachusetts. This short documentary takes place in the space and time between the end of one journey, and the beginning of another. With his twin brother John as our guide, we ferry Sanjiban’s body from home—a makeshift shrine in the dining room—to the furnace that will consume his earthly remains. “Sanjiban” is an intense, life-affirming story about the profoundly human experience of saying goodbye.
Twelve women explore how their bodies have been transformed by giving birth. We see body images and hear their voices. They talk to us from their bodies. We hear and see their ambivalence, humor and love. The film began when I learned that one of the fastest growing plastic surgeries was the post-birth tummy tuck. I thought about what it meant that we want to erase the signs that we have delivered children. I was driven to create a film that reframes and destabilizes our reactions to a woman’s body after she has given birth. The film builds on the tradition of body artists like Carolee Schneeman and Ana Mendieta, who used the transgressive presentation of violence and eroticism to shock and challenge. In “BirthMarkings” we chose to explore what one of the women in the film called the “public reaction of disgust and horror” to images of her post birth belly. In a nip-tuck driven culture that is inured to violence and erotica; a culture in which babies are often seen as the latest accessory, what is transgressive is the image of a woman’s abdomen that is not taut, and unmarked by birth. “Birthmarkings” challenges the static, commodified images that are everywhere in our public culture and define what is beautiful and visually acceptable. We refocus on the beauty, dynamism and lived experiences of the marks of birth. We become engaged in the tension between the dynamic and the static and the natural world and the commodity.
Stranded is a story about a young man who finds himself lost in New York City after a heavy night of drinking. On his journey home he reflects upon his life. The story is told through a series of voice-mails from his friends and family that he is unable to receive because his cell phone is broken. The messages from his phone help generate context for the action on screen much like title cards in a silent film.
When Walter, animal-enthusiast, comes home to find his dog missing, he and his dim-witted friends take the case into their own irresponsible hands. Armed with unintelligible determination and enthusiasm, these friends steadily ruin every clue they come across on their journey to find Walter’s dog.
Sweet Heart won the 48 Hour Film Slam of the 2012 Green Mountain Film Festival. The film is a “Mockumentary” about maplesugaring and features the legendary maple sugar maker Bob Miller, who shares his insights after sixty years of sugaring with the audience.
In Cleaning House, high-powered, compulsive Helen and her mixed-media visual artist daughter, Julia are coming together for the first time in years after Helen’s mother passes away. Obeying her grandmother’s dying wishes for her to look after Helen, Julia comes home bearing photos from Helen’s past, prompting a compelling confrontation.
A short film following a day in the life of Omar Ndiaye, a Senegalese taxi cab driver in New York City, who learns that any day could be his last.