“The filmmaker’s grandfather, suffering from Alzheimer’s, remembers, obsessively, an episode from his youth: an elegant young woman climbs over the railing of the pier and jumps into the water; he saves her. The old man’s speech becomes more confused; the women of his family repeat the story, now become mythical, using re-speaking techniques inspired by “verbatim theater”; the filmmaker reconstructs the scene, casting a young woman whose blonde chignon brings to mind Vertigo’s Madeleine. Yet the moment comes when the grandfather has to be brought to a nursing home, where, gradually, he fades away. His mind, his breathing, fly away with the passing time, along the flowing water. The last image that stays with him, is that of the pier…”
-Text courtesy of Berenice Reynaud


“This Must Be the Wood” will be screening as part of a program curated my Mike Rollo on this coming Thursday, May 10th. Thank you to Mike and Benjamin Taylor, who helped make this happen. Please see the VIIONS website for more details.


THE PIER will be screening at the 34th annual Kasseler Dokfest in Kassel, Germany on Sunday November 19th at 2pm as part of a program called “All About My Father”. The film has also been nominated for the Golden Key Award, which is geared towards supporting young documentary filmmakers. I will be attending the festival from Friday to Sunday.