My Deadly Beautiful City (Victoria Fiore, 2016, Russia, UK, USA, subtitled, 11 minutes) In the Siberian Arctic, the mining city of Norilsk is one of the most polluted places on earth—yet local denizens love it and are proud to call it home. The complexities of their relationship with their seemingly dangerous town is the focus of this short documentary.
Minka: A Farmhouse in Japan (Davina Pardo, 2012, USA, 16 minutes) An elegant tale of a place, a partnership, and the restoration and transformation of a 250-year-old Japanese farmhouse (minka is “house of the people”) that became a labor of love and a beloved home. Based in part on journalist John Roderick’s architectural memoir Minka: My Farmhouse in Japan.
Winter’s Watch (Brian Bolster, 2017, USA, 14 minutes) Just off the New England coast, the Oceanic Hotel—a storied grand old resort hotel—is overseen during the winter off-season by one lone woman. As she cares for this property on the 43-acre Star Island (Isles of Shoals), she endures the harsh weather and darkness but rises to the occasion, finding inspiration in the solitude of her peaceful surroundings.
Palmerston Blvd. (Dan Browne, 2017, Canada, 14 minutes) The life just outside (and inside) a large bay window in a house on a busy residential street in Toronto is the subject of artist Dan Browne’s fast-paced time-lapse Palmerston Blvd., detailing a tight domestic space as it continuously shifts over the course of a year.
(total running time 55 minutes)