Through vignettes of performance set within the city landscape, we consider Lower Manhattan as a backdrop for art, culture and reflection rather than finance, business and tourism. The film offers the viewer the feeling of the festival through experimentation rather than a documentation of the event.
[ Producer and Director of Photography] Minos Papas and I wanted to be sure that every shot was carefully considered to tell a story about the overbearing concrete versus the expansive, promising cityscapes. So, we reset each artist’s work to highlight the city and bring out the juxtaposition of art/city and speed/deceleration.
A personal hybrid film where a performative experiment questions
if the birthmark is an angel’s kiss or a sign of bad luck.
An Asian-American director with a prominent facial birthmark is challenged by candid conversations during a performative experiment that questions her perception of identity, adoption/race and luck. The diverse characters with identical birthmarks examine how it has been an instrument in how they experience the world.
Bob and Joan Sargent raised 12 kids, eight of whom they adopted. Now the children are grown up and the parents struggle to help those with special needs and mental illness. Filmmaker Liz Sargent wonders who will care for her parents as they get older and who will inherit the responsibility for the siblings who cannot care for themselves. The Sargent family navigates the hard truths of aging, disability, adoption and an evolving definition of family.
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