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Spectral Transmissions: Love Bends Time

Spectral Transmissions: Love Bends Time

Michael Palmieri, Donal Mosher
United States
2023
70 min
World Premiere
IDFA on Stage
Synopsis

Two years ago, IDFA on Stage featured Spectral Transmissions, a multimedia piece by performer-filmmakers Michael Palmieri and Donal Mosher in which ghost stories offered solace in the anxious days of COVID. Now they are back with a new edition. Rather than focusing on fear and horror, this time they explore the unfathomable and sometimes uncanny power of love. In many ghost stories it is the power of love—for childhood friends, for family members, for animals—that bends time.

Mosher and Palmieri have invited musicians, filmmakers and visual artists to contribute work around this theme. Multimedia artist Chloe Abrahams explores the strange world she enters when sleepwalking. Film theorist Dorota Lech tells an intimate tale about an heirloom that embodies family traditions, Polish folklore, an epidemic and a war.

Documentary filmmaker Jeanie Finlay and author and filmmaker Steven Sheil bring a tale of lost siblings connected by an uncanny tape recorder. While watching a 1950’s werewolf film two boys explore sexuality, violence, and the shifting moral positions of fantasy. These stories and more make up this year’s program.

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Credits
70 min
color / black and white
cross-platform
Spoken languages: English, French
Created by
    Michael Palmieri,
    Donal Mosher
    Michael Palmieri,
    Donal Mosher
Director
    Michael Palmieri,
    Donal Mosher
    Michael Palmieri,
    Donal Mosher
Production
    Wishbone Films
    Wishbone Films
Key collaborator
    Lynne Tillman,
    Dorota Lech,
    Jeanie Finlay,
    John Cohen,
    Steven Sheil,
    Chloe Abrahams,
    D.L. Alvarez
    Lynne Tillman,
    Dorota Lech,
    Jeanie Finlay,
    John Cohen,
    Steven Sheil,
    Chloe Abrahams,
    D.L. Alvarez
Co-production
    Aaron Rosenblum
    Aaron Rosenblum
Cinematography
    Michael Palmieri,
    Matt Uhry
    Michael Palmieri,
    Matt Uhry
Animation
    Work-Order
    Work-Order
Editing
    Michael Palmieri
    Michael Palmieri
Designer
    Peter Ksander,
    Nelson Lowery
    Peter Ksander,
    Nelson Lowery
Sound
    Michael Palmieri,
    Donal Mosher
    Michael Palmieri,
    Donal Mosher
Sound Design
    Michael Palmieri,
    Donal Mosher
    Michael Palmieri,
    Donal Mosher
Music
    Michael Palmieri
    Michael Palmieri
Screening copy
    Wishbone Films
    Wishbone Films

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