|Director: Jules Rosskam|
United States, 2018, 82min
Format: Digital (screening) - HD, 8mm, 16mm (shooting)
Festival Year: 2019
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|Crew: ||Producers: Jules Rosskam, Marc Smolowitz - Screenwriters: Jules Rosskam - Animator: Neely Goniodsky - Sound Design, Music Score and Re-Recording Mix: Kadet Kuhne - Sound Design Assistant: Edward Avilla - Dialogue Editor: Jeremiah Moore
Paternal Rites is a first-person essay film that examines the secret underbelly of a contemporary Jewish American family as they grapple with the aftereffects of physical and sexual abuse on their present-day lives. It is also a groundbreaking film about the nature of trauma and memory itself: the ways in which trauma encrypts in uncanny ways; the function of speech and narrative in the process of decryption; and the role of film and filmmaking in the practice of healing. Paternal Rites draws inspiration from podcasts like This American Life and Radiolab and the long lineage of LGBT essay filmmakers in the U.S. such as Jenni Olson, Marlon Riggs, and Richard Fung.
Jules Rosskam is an award-winning filmmaker, educator and interdisciplinary artist interested in liminal spaces: the space between male and female, between documentary and fiction, between moving image and still. His interdisciplinary practice works to induce a perceptual shift in our understanding of how and what bodies mean in the context of documentary film, toward an apprehension of multiplicities. He is the director, producer, and editor of transparent (2005), against a trans narrative (2009), Thick Relations (2012), Something to Cry About (2018), and Paternal Rites (2018). Recent screenings include the Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of Fine Art Boston, the British Film Institute, Arsenal Berlin, Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center, and the Queens Museum of Art. Recent residencies include Marble House Project, PLAYA, ACRE, Yaddo, and ISSUE Project Room. Rosskam holds an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (Film, Video, New Media, 2008). He is currently Assistant Professor of Visual Arts at University of Maryland Baltimore County.
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