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They each seek their special someone, but that someone’s lips-nose-eyebrows need to look just right, and even then, who knows—maybe the next swipe will take them to someone better. Pacho Velez (The American Sector, Manakamana) explores how people choose their partners out of a catalog. He joins a diverse set of New Yorkers trying to find potential mates on dating apps and websites. He talks to them about their screening techniques, about the sweet times and the sour, about themselves and how they appear in the eyes of other searchers. The people he interviews—searchers of all ages, genders, ethnicities, and sizes—refuse to give up. Velez himself searches too, quietly encouraged by his mother.

Previous Festivals: Sundance, Visions Du Reel, CPH:DOX

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Screening Schedule:
  • Fri 02.07 | 21:15 | Cinematheque 1
  • Mon 05.07 | 14:30 | Cinematheque 2 | Filmmaker Present | Q&A with filmmaker Pacho Velez moderated by Dr. Laliv Melamed
  • Fri 09.07 | 21:30 | Cinematheque 1
  • Fri 09.07 | 21:30 | Cinematheque 1
  • Watch online | The film will be available from July 1st until July 31st

Pacho Velez’s most recent feature, The American Sector (2020, co-directed with Courtney Stephens), premiered at the Berlin Film Festival. His previous features, Manakamana (2013, co-directed with Stephanie Spray) and The Reagan Show (2017, co-directed with Sierra Pettengill), have played around the world.

Production: Joe Poletto, Sam Roseme, Cathy Tankosic
Production Company: Asterlight
Editing: Hannah Buck
Cinematography: Martin DiCicco, Daniel Claridge
Sound Design: Jeremiah Moore
Music: Danny Fox