GOOD NEWS short documentary
A short documentary about Edgar Gatto and his place in the world. GOOD NEWS is set primarily in and around Gatto's Good News junk shop in Portland, Maine–a place where past and current conflicts in America play out around homelessness, religion, opioid addiction, politics and poverty, and cities in transition. Co-directed by Caroline Losneck and Christoph Gelfand with Animation by Planet Nutshell and Marcin Zeglinski.
The Bayside neighborhood where Good News Thrift is located is slated for redevelopment, threatening the thrift shop, Gatto's identity and the precarious lives of the people in the neighborhood. Gatto’s role in the neighborhood is a defacto social service, where he routinely provides a safe haven for those less fortunate. GOOD NEWS is the story of one man, his past, his neighborhood, and people like Mr. Gatto, who co-exist on the margins, before it all disappears.
A short documentary about the life and mythology of lighthouse keepers past and present. Produced as part of Maine Maritime Museum’s “Into the Lantern” immersive installation with Christoph Gelfand/True Life Media.
2017 True Life Media Reel
As part of my on-going collaboration with Christoph Gelfand and True Life Media, I've been honored to work on several projects and documentaries in 2017. More to go!
A Home For Women (2015)
A Home For Women tells the story of two remarkable 90-year-olds whose resilience in the face of an imminent move is inspiring. Nona and Ruth, two resilient ladies in their 90s, are preparing to move from St. Mark's Home, where they've lived for close to a decade. They have different points of view about leaving. Ruth remains stoic and fiercely independent, while Nona admits she’s not always good at change, and worries about being the last resident left. This 10-minute documentary snapshot bears witness to the adaptability and wisdom of these two remarkable nonagenarians. This is a short documentary made in collaboration with Betsy Carson and Kate Kaminski (Gitgo Productions). A Home for Women screened on a front porch microcinema as part of my Home/Resilience installation and also as part of the Camden International Film Festival Aging in Maine Statewide Film Tour. © 2015
American Can Factory (2013)
A short created in collaboration with Portland, Maine filmmaker Christoph Gelfand. Documents the pre-demolition cacophony that was the American Can Factory. The factory was an institution in Portland- employing many families for years. This short documents the beauty shortly before the building was demolished. Turn your speakers up loud for an audio treat. Part of our Buildings Lost Series- where we document neat historical buildings before they're lost.
Augusta Colonial Theater
Created with Christoph Gelfand/True Life Media - I co-directed and produced this short about the critical revitalization of the historic Augusta Colonial Theater, in downtown Augusta Maine. Built in 1913 and rebuilt after a fire in 1926, it is a primo example of Beaux Arts architecture, with features presaging the Art Deco movement. It is the last surviving movie theater building in downtown Augusta.
Thompson's Point (Buildings Lost Series)
Created with Christoph Gelfand/True Life Media as part of our ongoing Buildings Lost Series - we documented this historic building on Thompson's Point.