A Memory Palace for Ghosts: Experimental Shorts by Shayna Connelly

Directed by: Shayna Connelly - SAT, FEB 2, 7PM


Filmmaking allows us to shape incomprehensible situations, make sense of the unknowable or pay tribute to the sublime. Everyday events that result in instability and threats of violence trigger ghosts that hold us captive between presence and absence. Cinema is uniquely positioned to explore the liminal states created by such hauntings. The eight films that comprise A Memory Palace for Ghosts explore hauntings in relation to traumatic events, mental illness, everyday routines, the search for truth and the aftermath of grief.

A Memory Palace for Ghosts

Artist Statement
Experimental Documentary, 5:16 mins, 2019
The artist fights for her voice in a world that doesn’t want her to speak. Only when her work is validated by a male authority does it gain notice.

Fucked Up Point Blank
Experimental/Found Footage, 4:36 mins, 2019
Anxiety unseats the narrator in time and place as she tries to rewrite a story in search of a less violent ending.
Narrative, 13:41 mins, 2018
Suzanne’s grief transcends the boundaries of the natural world and arouses a primordial being. Quiver melds horror and desire with Virginia Woolf’s idea of a woman requiring a room of her own in which to uncover her true identity.
Every Ghost Has an Orchestra
Documentary character portrait, 7:05 mins, 2017
Paranormal researcher and experimental composer Michael Esposito straddles the line between spiritual and material, asking the audience to reflect on our purpose, legacy and what our actions say about who we are.
Yours Is Not the Taj Mahal
Experimental personal documentary, 4:06 mins, 2017
A grief induced fever dream ensues after seeing a woman resembling a dead friend. The shadow of grief mixes perception with memory and disintegrates boundaries turning the living into ghosts. 
Gardening at Night
Narrative, 12:21 mins, 2016
The period between knowing death is near and death’s arrival forms an unbearable state of regret, sadness and anticipation for Samantha.
Experimental, 5 mins, 2015
Our daily rituals are haunted by absence. The film imagines our private ghosts interrupting those routines. Do we hear their signals or are we too absorbed in the monotony of motion to notice?
Blunt Force Trauma
Documentary, 7:05 mins, 2014
The incursion of an unimaginable event on everyday experience renders the world uninhabitable. As time expands and words lose their ability to comfort, the narrator debates whether to stay frozen or continue forward.

Directed by Shayna Connelly, 2014 - 2019, USA, 60 mins.



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