THE DAWN CHORUS
Hope’s graduation film from Columbia University, The Dawn Chorus was shot on 35mm in 2007 in upstate New York.
The previous year Hope had been working as Todd Solondz’s assistant on Palindromes, where she had met Valerie. Valerie was in her film ‘Cavities’ (along with Julie Kessler, who plays the part of the flight attendant) and Hope wrote the parts of Bonnie and Lloyd specially for her and Henry, who she had met in another friend’s film.
Bonnie and Lloyd Bukowski. Seats 17C and D. It’s been seven years since the plane crash that killed their parents, but every year Bonnie, Lloyd, and the other survivors return to the site - to reenact, to remember, to try to heal. When they discover this will be the last ceremony, Lloyd clings to the ritual more desperately than ever. Despite her brother's pressure, Bonnie resists. All she can do is remember when all she wants to do is forget. On their final surreal journey through the wreckage, Bonnie and Lloyd will face their memories, their fears and, ultimately, each other.
Watch it here.
FESTIVALS AND AWARDS
Edinburgh International Film Festival
Boston Film Festival
DC Shorts Film Festival
Student Shorts Film Festival, Toronto
Austin Film Festival – winner, Best Student Narrative Short Film
London Film Festival
Three Rivers Film Festival, Pittsburgh – winner, Best Short Film
Sundance Film Festival
Nashville Film Festival
Stony Brook Film Festival
Shout Charlotte Film Festival
Ozone Film Festival, New Orleans
Cucalorus Film Festival
Encounters Short Film Festival
The Now Film Festival (online) – Finalist, Best Short Film
Shortlisted for 2008 Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film