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Short Documentary | 2015-2016 | Experimental | Germany

Shooting data

LocationsMassachusetts

Project data

Length of movie21:00
Aspect ratioWidescreen USA (1 : 1,85)
Film negative stockSuper 16
Release print stockDCP
Sound formatStereo

Brief synopsis

Ocean Hill Drive examines a rare phenomenon, the so-called ‚shadowflicker’, that occurs in a suburban area on the outskirts of Boston. As a result of an erroneously installed wind turbine, the flicker effect, which brings to mind structuralist experimental cinema , appears instead in documentary images showing the landscape and architecture of a Massachusetts coast town.

The film focuses on the visual quality of the pulsating shadows that intrude the suburban domestic sphere and disrupt the social and psychological equilibrium of the community. Documentary images are complemented with a female voiceover, which is based on multiple interviews that were transcripted and assembled into a single narration. It slowly uncovers fragmentary memories from the time when the flicker began. An atmosphere of suspense and intangible fear is generated throughout the film, while the actual source of the flickering lights remains unknown.

Written by Gossing/Sieckmann

Crew

ActivityNameComment
Director of photographyChristian KochmannS16mm
DirectorMiriam Gossing
DirectorLina Sieckmann

Production companies

CompanyComment
Gossing & Sieckmann GbR [de]

Distributing companies

CompanyComment
Light Cone [fr]

Awards

Award winnerYearAwardCategory 
Gossing & Sieckmann GbR [de]2016German Shortfilm Price [de]Experimental filmWinner
Gossing & Sieckmann GbR [de]2016Oberhausen Int. Kurzfilm Festival [de]Best Film NRW-CompetitionWinner
Gossing & Sieckmann GbR [de]2016Instanbul Int. Architecture and Urban Film FestDocumentary Competition AwardWinner
Gossing & Sieckmann GbR [de]2017Deutsche Filmbewertungsstelle Wiesbaden [de]Prädikat Besonders WertvollWinner
Gossing & Sieckmann GbR [de]2017Preis der Nationalgalerie Berlin [de]Filmkunst – (Shortlist)Winner

Festivals

YearCountryFestivalComment
2016GermanyOberhausen International Short Film Festival
2016TurkeyInstanbul International Architecture and Urban Film Festival