2016 | USA | Animation,Documentary,Experimental

See Memory

  • 14 mins
  • Director | Viviane Silvera
  • Writer | Viviane Silvera
  • Producer | Jon Cornick, Viviane Silvera

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See Memory is a short film about the mystery and science of memory. Told through a unique blend of art (hand painted animation) and science (interviews with memory scientists), the film looks at the beauty of this magical and complex mental process, as well as the dark nature of what occurs when memory goes awry. This short animated film made out of 10,000 painting stills. The title was inspired by Oliver Sacks's essay; Speak Memory  and narration is based on interviews with neuroscientists and psychiatrists. The film explores how our memories define who we are, how we remember, and the inextricable link between memory and imagination.

The plot is loosely based upon Ordinary People, the 1980 film by Robert Redford that explores the therapist–patient relationship and the need for a witness to our life stories.  The main character is a boy who is unable to communicate his suffering. He connects with a therapist and through that connection and the ability to voice and define his story, he is able to come to terms with what had seemed unbearable.  He leaves therapy with a new sense of his place in the world. See Memory’s main character is a girl who we meet walking through Central Park on a winter’s day.  She is alone and disconnected, lost within the world of her suffering–unable to decipher reality from dream.   She enters therapy and gradually connects with the therapist who bears witness to her story.  Leaving, she re-enters the park transformed by the sharing her story–everything looks and feels completely different. Research in neuroscience has shown that from the moment we recall them, memories are in flux, interacting and mingling with imagination. See Memory explores this idea in shifting layers of imagery with perception interacting with dreams and imagination. Interviews with psychiatrists and neuroscientists guide the imagery in the film, speaking about the purpose and process behind remembering.

The positive reaction to “See Memory,” has sparked support for a full-length production that is currently in development. Titled "Feel Memory,” the film will feature animated personal stories about memory and interviews with memory scientists.and link to www.feelmemoryfilm.com


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