Thu. October 7, 2021 @ 19:30 PT

[Theater Screening] TIME Studios Shorts

Distributor:
Time USA LLC
A collage of stills from four TIME Studios shorts.

Synopsis

 

TIME Studios is an Emmy Award®-winning television, film and immersive studio focusing on the development, production and distribution of truth-based premium unscripted and scripted premium storytelling that moves the world. This IDA Screening Series shorts program includes four films from the studio:

FROM DEVIL’S BREATH (Orlando Von Einsiedel)

FROM DEVIL’S BREATH tells the unlikely story of two remarkable narratives that come crashing together; the extraordinary, inspiring community of survivors of the deadly 2017 wildfires in Portugal, fighting to ensure what they’ve lived through can never happen again; and a revolutionary, world-changing scientific discovery which could help protect us all from the climate emergency.

Milk Factory (Corinne May Botz)

A short film inside a lactation room in the U.S. Congress Longworth House Building reveals the hidden labor of working mothers. In the Capitol lounge, women from across the aisle mingle and bond, a rare opportunity in an era of intense divisiveness. Coincidentally, the week Botz was filming, Congress adopted the Federal Employee Paid Leave Act, which now offers 12 weeks of paid parental leave to approximately 2.1 million federal workers.

Notice of Eviction (Kathleen Flynn)

America's eviction crisis has been particularly difficult for Black women during the COVID-19 pandemic. Filmmaker Kathleen Flynn followed two single moms over six months, as they tried to hold on to a safe place to live and care for their children. The sickness and job losses of 2020 compounded anxieties that linger 15 years after many were displaced by Hurricane Katrina, as the city was battered by the most active Atlantic hurricane season on record.

Snowy (Kaitlyn Schwalje, Alex Wolf Lewis).

Snowy is both an investigation into animal happiness and an intervention to improve one turtle’s life. We explore our capacity to understand the animals that live in our homes. Snowy’s story is a stand-in for the unexamined lives of our house pets—the goldfish, lizards, guinea pigs, and hermit crabs of our childhoods—the JV squad of house pets—the ones too small, short-lived and expressionless to garner much of our human attention.

This in-theater screening includes a moderated filmmaker conversation. The Q&A features director Orlando von Einsiedel, editor and senior producer Spencer Bakalar, and co-directors Kaitlyn Schwalje and Alex Wolf Lewis, moderated by Matthew Carey, Documentary Editor at Deadline.


Panelist Bios

A black and white portrait of a man with light skin and short dark hair.Orlando von Einsiedel, Director

Orlando von Einsiedel is the director of the Academy® Award-winning short documentary, The White Helmets. The film was also nominated for two Emmy® awards. His debut feature documentary Virunga charted the story of a group of courageous park rangers in the Democratic Republic of Congo. BAFTA® and Academy® Award-nominated, the documentary won over 50 international awards including an Emmy®, a Grierson and a duPont-Columbia Award for outstanding journalism. The film was also recognised for its role in protecting the Virunga National Park winning a Peabody, a Television Academy Honor and the prestigious 2015 Doc Impact Award.

More recent notable projects include Evelyn, which won the 2018 British Independent Film Award (BIFA) for Best Documentary, and the Emmy®-nominated short film Lost and Found. Orlando was also an executive producer on Learning To Skateboard In A Warzone (If You’re A Girl) which picked up this year’s Oscar® for Best Documentary Short.

A black and white portrait of a woman with light skin and long dark hair.Spencer Bakalar, Editor/Senior Producer

Spencer Bakalar is an editor and senior producer at TIME. She is drawn to stories that take a deeper look at the news and reflect the power of shared human experience. Editing longform documentaries is her passion. In 2017, she produced and edited "FIRSTS," TIME’s award-winning documentary series featuring 46 groundbreaking women. For the series, she interviewed almost every woman on the list — from Madeleine Albright to Aretha Franklin. Prior to TIME, Spencer worked at the Los Angeles Times and covered a wide range of stories, including environmental injustices in East L.A., farm labor in Mexico, and Pulitzer Prize-winning breaking news coverage on the mass shooting in San Bernardino. Her work has been recognized by the Livingston Awards, the Webby Awards, and the News and Documentary Emmys®.

A woman with light skin and red hair.Kaitlyn Schwalje, Co-Director/Writer

Kaitlyn Schwalje is a science journalist and documentary director based in Portland, Maine. She received a B.S. in Physics from Carnegie Mellon University and completed her postgraduate studies at the Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design. Before pivoting to storytelling, Kaitlyn worked for the research division of the Walt Disney Company. Her stories about her disaster obsessed father, tsunamis, the seismic history of the Pacific Northwest and squirrels crashing NASDAQ appear in CBC, Atlas Obscura, WNYC, 99% Invisible, Nat Geo, and others. 

A man with light skin and short brown hair with round brown glasses.Alex Wolf Lewis, Co-Director/Director of Photography

Alex Wolf Lewis is a documentary director and DP based in New York City and Portland, Maine. As a director, credits include, Snowy (Sundance 2021), Single Room Occupancy (SIFF '16, Big Sky '17, Short of The Week) and Hildegarde’s Piano (Rooftop Film Festival 2019). As a DP, he has travelled the world for work, shooting for Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown, Vice, Netflix, HBO, CNN, PBS, A&E, Discovery, Well Groomed (HBO Sports, SXSW 2019, Hot Docs 2019) and 2nd Unit DP on the narrative feature Critical Thinking, dir. John Leguizamo, (SXSW 2020). 


 

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