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Feel Memory


Memories…the key to the human experience, is a mystery that has fascinated scientists, writers and artists for centuries and one that we continue to explore for better understanding. In Feel Memory, artist Viviane Silvera combines live action with stop-motion made out of thousands of hand-painted stills (approximately 50,000) . She takes us on a daughter’s incredible childhood journey of her father’s death from AIDS and conveys her evolving memories and emotions. Victoria’s experience shows us how the passage of time and our ongoing interaction with memories changes the way we tell our life stories and opens up the door to envisioning our futures.

Victoria Loustalot is a compelling narrator and author of her own story that traverses the globe from Sacramento to New York, to Cambodia, to Stockholm, to Paris, finding new pieces of self-discovery along the way. Bringing this visual narrative to the screen includes hours of painting, filming, editing, interviews and enactments.

We appreciate each and every donor’s commitment to this project. Viviane’s short film, See Memory (distributed on Amazon), has already had a profound impact not only on the art world, but on viewers that have suffered from PTSD, on whom memory has been life changing. Please help us add to the conversation.

The film is produced by Emmy-nominated film and television producer Jon Cornick. His work includes State and Maine by David Mamet and Nuremberg starring Alec Baldwin, for which he won the Gemini award for outstanding mini series, to name just two. The film is painted and directed by Viviane Silvera, an artist and filmmaker who made the bronze sculpture "The Fault" for Vanderbilt University's Women's Studies Department. She also has a portrait of Bill Clinton in the Clinton Presidential Library. Her documentary short, See Memory, is available on Amazon and was an official selection of multiple film festivals. Silvera’s videos have been installed at the MGM National Harbor in Washington D.C.and at4Culture in Pioneer Square, Seattle to name just two. She has widely exhibited her work in museums and galleries around the world.
























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NYWIFT programs, screenings and events are supported, in part, by grants from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts