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Three women, each haunted by a parent's hidden past, use the power of memory and the wonder of imagination to heal from their losses.
In 1989, Louis Loustalot tells his family he is gay and HIV positive. Seven years later, when his daughter, Victoria, is 11, he kills himself. She grows up in Sacramento, never really knowing who her father was. By age 23 she’s replicated one aspect of his double existence: by day, she’s an editorial assistant at a major publisher in New York, and by night, living as dangerously as she imagines he did. But one day she pulls a box down off the shelf and discovers a tape labeled “Dad’s Voice.” She books a flight to Cambodia, where he’d always promised to take her, the next day.
It is 1968 and Tennessee-born Jesse Lee Garrett is 45 years old. A veteran of the Battle of the Bulge, his is an absent alcoholic father in rural Michigan. He never shows up for his daughter, Karen, and she never asks him to. In 2004 Karen, 53, is called on to eulogize him, but every memory she has is pain and disappointment. Her brother can’t think of anything good to share either. He tells her, “You know, Karen, dad was only 16 when he was in the war.” She decides to take a deep dive into her dad’s experience as a teenager sent to war.
Rebekah grows up on Park Avenue in the 1970s. Her father is rumored to be Woody Allen’s shrink. Her mother, Ruth, runs a distinctly Old World household with two grand pianos, a large foyer painting of Rebekah and her sisters and sprawling Persian rugs. One day, when Rebekah is in fifth grade, she’s assigned to make a family tree. Her mother didn't have much family. Or so she thought. “Next to the circle that is me,” her mother says, “you need to draw two squares. For my dead brothers.”
As they travel the world in search of answers, each woman grapples with the pain of remembering and the pain of forgetting. Their searches unfold in hand painted animation. Colors drip and layers bleed, as they remember the past, narrate the present and dream of the future.
Director & Painter Viviane Silvera is an award winning artist and filmmaker. Her hand-painted videos have been installed at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, MGM National Harbor, University of Mary Washington, Davidson College, 4Culture and Cube Art Project - Union Bank and Sarah Lawrence College. Exhibitions include the Edward Hopper House, the Albright Knox Gallery, The Dahesh Museum, The Masur Museum and The Museo de la Cuidad - Mexico. Her short film See Memory, is distributed through Amazon Video and was a selection of multiple film festivals. Her sculpture, The Fault, was made for the Women’s Studies Department at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN, where it is permanently installed. She is a two time recipient of the Chaim Gross Award, winner of Valerie Delacorte Award and the Harriet Whitney Frishmuth Travel Award from the National Academy Museum of Design. She won the Award of Excellence in Painting at the Edward Hopper House-Museum.
Jon Cornick is an Emmy-nominated film and television producer. He was executive producer of State and Maine by David Mamet, The Scarlett Letter starring Demi Moore and Nuremberg starring Alec Baldwin, for which he won the Gemini award for outstanding mini series. Jon formed the production company El Dorado Pictures with Alec Baldwin and has worked with Sir Anthony Hopkins, Christopher Plummer, Gary Oldman, Demi Moore, Robert Duvall, Dennis Hopper, Blake Lively and Burt Reynolds on many other films. His most recent release is the feature film Bolden with executive producer Wynton Marsalis. Jon is a member of the Directors Guild of America and is an avid photographer.
Co-producer Michal Jarosik holds an MA in Film Production from Silesia University, Poland, a postgraduate degree in Business Psychology at Kozminski University in Warsaw and a certificate from the Professional Program in Producing from UCLA. He worked as TVC production manager and producer in Odeon Film Studio. In 2009 he created MojoFilms where he produced over 300 TV and digital content commercials and music videos. Clients include Coca Cola, Heineken, L'Oreal, Diageo, Nikon, Kia, Sanofi Aventis, Mattel,Toyota, Unilever, Raiffeisen Bank, Polpharma, Publicis and Saatchi & Saatch.
Thomas Rivera Montes is a New York City-based Filmmaker, Producer, and freelance Editor. Born and raised in Lausanne (Switzerland), he graduated in May 2015 from Brooklyn College (New York), with a Bachelor’s degree in Film Production. His credits as an Editor include Bronx Gothic, a feature documentary about Bessie winner Okwui Okpokwasili from Emmy-nominated director Andrew Rossi (Page One: Inside The New York Times and The First Monday in May), which premiered at Film Forum 2017. He has also worked on Viviane Silvera’s See Memory, a stop motion animation featuring Nobel Prize winner Eric Kandel as well as multiple narrative shorts and feature films. Thomas edited The Gospel According to Andre, a documentary about the life of Vogue editor Andre Leon Talley, which premiered at TIFF, and he recently finished editing Karim Amir and Jehane Noujaime's Sundance release, The Great Hack, out on Netflix in 2019.