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Photo by Allie Schultz

Photo by Allie Schultz

premise

Our film tells the heart-warming tale of a young woman who strives to reconnect with her father when their family’s shuttered movie palace is slated for demolition. Navigating between her father’s nostalgic delusions and a cynical social reality, Lily fights to save the beloved theatre, and stand up for the things she loves. 

 

Photo by Allie Schultz

Photo by Allie Schultz

DIRECTOR'S STATEMENT

The film is about lonely individuals fighting for humanity in the face of mad, blind, greed and corruption. The stakes are high: whether the modern world has become enslaved by systems we created – politics, capitalism, technology – or whether individuals have the power to fight for the things they love. The story asks the question: Can idealists exist in our world?

A feeling we want to evoke is that of being an anachronism, the heartbreaking nostalgia for something that may no longer exist in this world, the feeling of being at odds with the people of this time, alienated from the current zeitgeist. The structure of the story itself is inspired by the films of Frank Capra, the kind of classic narrative that has almost disappeared from modern cinema, where viewers feel their hearts in their throats, they care so much for the characters.

Throughout the film is a constant motif of the duality of the old versus the new, nostalgia versus technology. Yet it is intrinsic to the story that in the end technology leads to the preservation of the theatre. The story is not proclaiming the superiority of the past. It is urging the importance for each generation, each individual, to fight for the things that matter, the things that define us as human. We must not be cowed by comfort and apathy, controlled by our technology. We must consciously decide our path.