PIONEERS, Dir. Grace Harper
New Shorts

NEW SHORTS: Docs: It's A Man's World + Q&A

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12:30 Sat 7 Jan 2017


Call it obsession, call it escapism or call it salvation, these three docs dig into three very different ways that a selection of menfolk have dedicated their lives; a lifetime of picture postcards, communication with communist extra-terrestrials and everyday life in ‘Pioneertown’. LSFF Documentary Programmer Jenny Horwell will be in conversation with filmmakers.


The Mall, St James's
020 7930 3647
£14 / concs £11

    Scott Willis 27 mins (UK, 2016)

    After discovering a large collection of handwritten postcards in a secondhand shop, filmmaker Scott Willis begins a journey to track down their owner. The messages on the postcards create a picture of unknown man called Peter. But with the collection spanning over seventy years, a reunion seems unlikely. Who was Peter? How did his life end? And what happens to us when our time is up?

    Oscar Hudson & Ruben Woodin-Dechamps 18 mins (UK, 2016)

    An old Serbian man communicates with communist aliens whilst a series of futuristic Yugoslavian war monuments stand abandoned & crumbling across a non-existent state. Nostalgia for the unrealised & the unreal simmers in these parallel visions of Yugoslav utopia lost.

    Grace Harper 27 mins (UK, 2016)

    “The desert. It has to do with fantasy and dreams.” Pioneertown. Perched high atop a rocky crag, overlooking the centre of the universe. The lip of the vortex. California. This desert town was once a Hollywood film set, built to tell the world the story of the Old West. But Hollywood has long since departed and what is left is a small community, thriving in a town haunted by old cowboys. A community of characters in the healing land of the High Desert who revive and re-live the dreams of the original Pioneers of the West. This is a story of real lives in a fantasy world.