Show is an immersive film experience that explores the minutes prior to the screening of a film at a film festival through the eyes and ears of an audience member.
Show is an experimental short film that explores the ten minutes prior to a film screening at a film festival. The gathering audience become characters, through whose simultaneous dialogue we experience the unintended performance and the stories within. The interior scene is a single continuous Point-of-View shot, employing a sound design of surround-sound dialogue. Show immerses the audience into the ritual of cinema-going.
Show is an immersive experience telling the tale of the minutes prior to the screening of a film through the eyes and ears of an audience member. It is a film not just about image, but a film that presents sound as the equal to image. In Show, I explore the concept of presence and absence as the relationship between image and sound; each mode giving presence to absence, constructing a complex collage of sound and image. Absence is part of the real, the image masquerades as the real as our invisible character KATE is both absent yet present. Show plays with the audience as the film experience varies depending upon where you are seated. This is a ten minute short film, the second scene of eight minutes was shot as a continuous point-of-view take.
Show layers multiple audience voices in conversation - this overlapping dialogue builds tension through sound with many stories being told simultaneously as the listner struggles to eavesdrop on so many conversations.
Director: Mary L. Holley
Producer: Michael Morritt
Official Selection: Canada China International Film Festival / Montreal, Quebec, Canada, September 2016
Nomination: Canada China Academy Film Award: Best Special Effects
Official Selection: New York State Film Festival / Manhattan, NY, USA. April 2017
Award: BEST EXPERIMENTAL FILM
Preselection Status: Malta International Film Festival, Malta 2017
Preselection Status: Austria National Film Festival, Vienna, Austria 2017
Finalist/Reserve Status: Madrid Art Film Festival, Madrid, Spain 2017
Finalist Status: Cinema LA, Los Angeles, California, USA 2017
Official Selection: World Women Film Awards, Jakarta, Indonesia April 2018
Awards: NEWCOMER FILMMAKER OF THE YEAR
DIRECTOR'S SILVER AWARD
Official Selecton: Eurocinema Film Festival, Geneva, Switzerland, 2019
Experimental Forum 2019, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Award: HONORABLE MENTION AWARD TITLE
Official Selection: World Cinema Milan IFF 2019
Nominations: Best Female Director / Best Photography on Set / Best Set Design
Official Selection: Nice International Film Festival 2020 May 2020 Cancelled due to Covid-19
Nice Virtual International Film Festival - June 21st - 26th 2020
Nominations: Art Education Award Nice IFF 2020 / Best Director of a Short Film Nice IFF 2020 / Best Set Design
Award: BEST SET DESIGN