DIRECTOR: Laure sullivan & brenda Zlamany
BEST Documentary Short
RUNTIME: 20 MIN
Thursday, May 2ND 2019
PROGRAM I, 7:00PM
LOGLINE: In 2017, the Hebrew Home for the Aged in Riverdale, NY, turned 100. Over the course of that year, portraitist Brenda Zlamany painted 100 of its elderly residents in an effort to engage them as participants in her artistic process.
SYNOPSIS: In 2017, the centennial year of the Hebrew Home for the Aged in Riverdale, NY, artist Brenda Zlamany undertakes a new project and begins a new chapter of her ongoing painting project “The Itinerant Portraitist.” She meets and invites 100 of the home’s elderly residents to sit and have their portrait painted. Zlamany takes every moment as a chance to interact with her subjects, asking them about all aspects of their life. The project, called “100/100,” seeks to show how an artistic process can empower both artist and subject, as well as dignify the often overlooked members of society.