Wednesday, May 19, 2021

2021 Films: Cool for Five Seconds

Cool for Five Seconds by Dani Wieder
Chicago IL (Milwaukee Premiere)

Running Time: 13 minutes
Screening Time: Saturday, Sept 11 on Eventive!

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When Colleen reunites with her estranged sister, things don’t go exactly as she planned.

Director's Bio:

Dani is a director of theater and film based in Chicago. Her work has been produced by theaters across Chicago such as Jackalope Theatre, Prop Thtr, and Haven Chicago. She has directed, assistant directed, produced, consulted on, and designed over 30 productions in the last four years. Dani became curious about filmmaking when she directed the theatrical version of "Cool for Five Seconds", and had felt the piece would translate well to film.

Dani also works as a creative consultant and experience designer for performances and galleries. Recent collaborators include Hebru Brantley's Nevermore Park, Haven Chicago, Jackalope Theater, Stage x Screen, and more.

Director Statement

Five years ago I read a short play on New Play Exchange by Chicago playwright Calamity West about a meeting between estranged sisters. I was struck by the way the script portrayed the women with nuance and complexity - full of contradiction, like we all are. While the circumstances are simple, the script asks big questions: What does it mean to be sisters? And even more universally, how do we respond when the people we love grow and change in ways we might not understand? I was gripped by Calamity’s exploration of this relationship, and so teamed up with Mary and Katherine to bring it to life.

A sibling is so precious, and the chance to reconnect with them can seem like a fleeting dream as life speeds forward. This story shows that it is worth taking the time to stay at the table, and work through your differences.

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