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Director's Statement

With this film, I aimed to apply the pace and technique of the Thai and Romanian New Wave film movements to daily life in New York City, where I was born and raised. I wished to explore the sensory experience of loneliness and the tragedy of its universality in a culture where opportunities for connection are always within reach.

As such, I wanted to depict a homeless man's life, specifically creating a distant and realistic visual and aural atmosphere that slowly becomes intimate and subjective as the man's days bleed into each other and his individual experiences become difficult to separate. In a city of millions, the tragic inevitability of feeling isolated holds even greater weight, and when desperation sets in - as it does for the protagonist of the film - each interaction we have becomes a battle between success and failure. In such times, finding solace in solitude is vital to maintaining our self-worth.

-Max Rothman