Trailer

HOW TO BUILD A HOUSE OUT OF WRECKAGE AND RAGS
found footage film, Germany 2022, 8 mins
Super-8/DCP, 1:1.37, 24fps, colour, stereo

distribution
Light Cone Paris

the film can be streamed as part of
International Independent Persian Experimental Short Film Festival

credits
idea, edit: Bernd Lützeler
image: Super-8 material, shot in San Francisco 1969, film rolls found at Chor Bazar, Mumbai 2014
camera & performance: unknown
scanned at NoMasala Films
audio: lifted from the 16mm Christian missionary film "Streets of the Walking Dead", shot in Calcutta, India, (P) 1954 International Gospel League
text & voiceover: Nelda Dooley
anchor man: Lee Thomas
a NoMasala Films creation

synopsis
California in the 1950's and 60's. A young Indian couple enjoys their personal American dream come true in their home somewhere in the suburbs of San Francisco. In great detail they pose with their newly achieved wealth in front of their Super-8 camera. Just like postcards, they would send these film rolls to their joint families back in India. Around the same time, an American missionary couple visits the city of Calcutta to shoot a Christian propaganda film. The drastic reality of poverty and famine in the streets of the Indian metropolis fits perfectly into their wicked plan: To promote the believe in Christ by showing the misery that pagan believers are doomed to suffer from.

awards
Award – Mumbai Entertainment International Film Festival, India 2023
Special Mention Award – K.R. Mohanan Memorial Intl. Doc. Festival, Palakkad, India 2023
Best German Film – Himachal Short Film Festival, Manali, India 2023
Best Experimental Film – Screener Short Films, London, UK 2022

screenings
Fisura International Festival of Experimental Film & Video, Mexico City 2024
Mashup Film Festival, Lille, France 2024
Alibag Film Festival, India 2023
Revolutions per Minute Festival, Harvard University, Boston, USA 2023
Mumbai Entertainment International Film Festival, India 2023
Filmfest Weiterstadt, Germany 2023
Tranås At The Fringe - International Screening of Experimental Films and Videopoems, Sweden 2023
Fenda – Festival Experimental de Artes Fílmicas, Belo Horizonte, Brazil 2023
Visions, Montreal, Canada 2023
Pune Short Film Festival, India 2023
Moviate Underground Film Festival, Harrisburg, USA 2023
Festiwal Filmowy Manifest, Gdansk, Poland 2023
Montreal Underground Film Festival, Montreal, Canada 2023
Persian Independant Experimental Short Film Festival, Iran 2023
Filmfest Dresden International Short Film Festival, Germany 2023
Chennai International Documentary and Short Film Festival, India 2023
K.R. Mohanan Memorial International Documentary Festival, Palakkad, India 2023
Harkat 16mm Film Festival, Mumbai, India 2022
Swedenborg Film Festival, London, UK 2022
Madurai International Documentary and Short Film Festival, India 2022
Ciné Kino – Collectif Jeune Cinéma visits LaborBerlin, Berlin, Germany 2022
Himachal Short Film Festival, Manali, India 2022
Ooty Short Film Festival, Ooty, India 2022
TSFM Talents and Short Film Market Vol. 7, Torino, Italy 2022
Screener Short Films, Hackney, London, UK 2022
blicke – Filmfestival des Ruhrgebiets, Bochum, Deutschland 2022
Antimatter [Media Art], Victoria, Canada 2022
ULTRAcinema XI, San Cristobal De Las Casas, Mexico 2022
Festival Internacional de Cine independiente de La Plata Festifreak, Argentina 2022
ULTRAcinema XI, Mexico City 2022
Goa Short Film Festival, Panaji, India 2022
Festival Bollywoodského Filmu, Prague 2022
WNDX Festival of Moving Image, Winnipeg, Canada 2022
Dobra Festival Internacional de Cinema Experimental, Rio de Janeiro 2022
Baltic Analogue Lab Summer School, Cesis, Latvia 2022
Chicago Underground Film Festival, USA 2022

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