United States 2017, 9 min

A minor epic takes place at a NYC subway entrance. Pacho Velez, the director behind the wonderful Manakamana (Docaviv 2014) and Yoni Brook reveal the hesitation, stress and confusion that take hold when our invisible daily routine is suddenly disrupted.

Directors & Production: Pacho Velez, Yoni Brook
Editing: Pacho Velez
Cinematography: Yoni Brook
Soundtrack: Kevin T. Allen

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Pacho Velez works at the intersection of ethnography, contemporary art, and political documentary. His current film, The Reagan Show, explores a prolific actor’s defining role: Leader of the Free World.

His last film, Manakamana, won a Golden Leopard at the Locarno Film Festival. It played around the world, including at the Whitney Biennial and the Toronto International Film Festival.

Pacho has taught at Princeton University, Harvard University, Bard College, Parsons the New School, and MassArt. In 2015, he was awarded a Princeton Arts Fellowship. He is currently Assistant Professor of Screen Studies at The New School.

Yoni Brook is a director and cinematographer. He was nominated for a Film Independent Spirit award for his cinematography on VALLEY OF SAINTS (dir. Musa Syeed), winner of the Audience Award and Sloan Awards at the Sundance Film Festival. He produced and co-shot the film MENASHE (dir. Joshua Z Weinstein) which premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival and Berlinale, and will be distributed by A24.

He has directed three documentary films for national primetime broadcast on PBS: BRONX PRINCESS (Berlinale, PBS POV), about a teenage Ghanaian princess, THE CALLING (PBS Independent Lens), a four hour series following a year in the life of young religious leaders, and A SON’S SACRIFICE (PBS Independent Lens,), winner of Best Documentary Short at the Tribeca Film Festival, about a family-run halal slaughterhouse in Queens.