A BLACK HOLE IS A BLACK HOLE IN THE GROUND
USA 23 MIN, 2018
APRIL 4, 17:00
MOSCOW, CINEMA OCTOBER
Concerning three groups of children from disparate upbringings, A Black Hole is a Black Hole in the Ground intimately depicts the strange, ephemeral realities that arise on evenings of play, when dimensions of space and time, not fully cemented by adulthood, begin to dissolve.
Tyler Macri is an award winning filmmaker based in San Francisco, CA. In 2018 he graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in Cinema and Photography and a minor in Writing. He was recently the recipient of the KODAK Student Scholarship Gold Award and the Rod Serling Communications Scholarship. His work, internationally exhibited, explores the boundaries of genre, blending documentary and cinematic narrative approaches to create mood-driven pieces where hints of the surreal often emerge.
Sophia Feuer is a filmmaker and multimedia artist from upstate New York. She has spent the past year working on various independent films in New York, Germany and Costa Rica. She works in New York and San Francisco as a freelance Director of Photography. She graduated from Ithaca College with a Bachelor of Science in Cinema and Photography, Art and Anthropology.
A Black Hole is a Black Hole in the Ground reflects on the significance of the unknown as it plays in the coming to consciousness of three groups of children from across New York. Macie and Jett are siblings being raised on a rural farm in the country. William is an aspiring astronomer from Brooklyn. Kaiden, nine years old, lives in a low-income housing complex in the small city of Ithaca. After overhearing that both his mother and grandparents have endured extra-terrestrial abduction, he rallies his friends to hunt for aliens along the weedy peripheries of their apartment building. Rather than conduct conventional interviews, we joined Kaiden and the others on evenings when they were permitted to play without adult interference; in return, we were fortunate to view the invention of many strange, ephemeral realities not yet dictated by logic or time. Our interest in children stemmed from their infectious sensitivity—their ability to act as barometers of society and its many nuanced cultural habits; we spent months with them not just to celebrate the sensitive time of life that they emblemize, but also to rediscover the discursive rituals merging violence and awe that often characterize American childhood.
DOKer 2019 — Short Competition