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In 1970's America, an Eastern Bloc immigrant family lovingly celebrates a beautiful Christmas Eve...but is all calm and bright? Made using analogue and digital equipment with Super 8 film from 1971, this non-fiction experimental work is an immersive collage of image, sound, and silence that evokes the defector's experience of displacement during the Cold War era.


For me, working on this film was marked by exhilarating combinations of contrasts: the old and the modern, technically; the personal/private and universal/public, thematically; the ordinary and extraordinary, in imagery, content, and process; and silence and sound, in the sound design. I had the pleasure of working with my grandfather's Super 8 film footage from 1971, analogue equipment from the same era (8mm film projector, telecine box, film viewer and splicer), and modern digital camera equipment to create the film's cinematography. And I made the film's soundtrack to feature today's voices of the young mother and father in the film reel, my grandparents, then in their twenties and now in their seventies.
Emma Penaz Eisner
Emma Penaz Eisner
Emma Penaz Eisner
5 Minutes
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1/28/17 10:00am at Cité des Arts
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