obselidia

very proud of my creative, film-making brothers.

my younger brother, russell, spent much of his time in L.A. last year working on the independent film obselidia. a close childhood friend of his, john-michael powell, worked as editor on the film and russell as assistant editor. he camped a little over a week in death valley while shooting …

the film was entered in sundance and was accepted, being nominated for best picture, best editing, best cinematography … and maybe more, i’m not exactly sure. russell designed the one-sheet (movie poster) and other promotional material.

here’s the trailer he cut:

Believing he’s the last door-to-door encyclopedia salesman in the world, George decides to write The Obselidia, a compendium of obsolete things. George believes that love, among other things, is obsolete. In his quest to document nearly extinct occupations, he befriends Sophie, a beautiful cinema projectionist who works at a silent movie theatre. Sophie believes that nothing is obsolete as long as someone loves it. When they interview a reclusive scientist who predicts that 80 percent of the world’s population will be obliterated by irreversible climate change by the year 2100, the two must face the question, if the world is going to disappear tomorrow, how are we going to live today?

Diane Bell’s soft-spoken, profound, and disarmingly charming debut feature engages these fateful issues of our time with a warm, sparkling sense of beauty, sincerity, and compassion. Obselidia offers a rare and humane lens through which we can view a world increasingly preoccupied with and inhabited by extinction.

– text from 2010 sundance film festival official website

• watch this interview with director diane bell as she explains a little of where obselidia originated.
russell’s reel

go go gadget galusha.

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