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Mon, Nov 14


Millennium Film Workshop


Festival selections of experimental non-fiction films that capture the personal history and daily experiences of the filmmaker and the world they encounter. A showcase highlighting the most heartfelt but most overlooked cinema: diary films, home movies, and personal documentary.

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Time & Location

Nov 14, 2022, 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM

Millennium Film Workshop, 167 Wilson Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11237, USA


About the event

MON 11/14


167 Wilson Ave Brooklyn, NY



TRT: 89 min

**Screening followed by Q&A with filmmakers in attendance

¡Ay bendito, se le paró el carro!

Dir. Josafat Concepcion 2022

USA 3 min

One night in Harlem film diary

A Part of Your Life

Dir. Tatsunori Hosoi 2022

Japan 3 min

An experimental diary observing moments and interactions on the streets of Manhattan.

Small Wonder

Dir. Elias ZX 2022

USA 17 min

This is the film Grandma Sally made for her family. Well, technically I made this film. Also, Grandma Sally is not my grandmother, I have actually never met her in my life, I don’t even know her last name. This film is composed using clips from a RCA Small Wonder camcorder that Sally filmed videos on between 2009 and 2010. I bought the same camcorder at a flea market in 2022 for five dollars, she never cleared the memory card.

Correspondence to a Loved One

Dir. Andrew Okubo Kodama 2021

USA 3 min

shot on 8mm, filmmaker Andrew Kodama combines personal reflections with an original score composed of field recordings, samples, and keys.

this film is dedicated to my lineage, rory ferreira, and the poets of all mediums who shine and continue to expand - despite the constraints of expectation.

Nature Boy

Dir. Darice Polo 2022

USA 9 min

Nature Boy introduces the filmmaker's grandparents, Ruperto and Emilia Udenburgh, who emigrated to New York from Puerto Rico in 1927, and their six daughters who were raised on Prospect Avenue in the Bronx. It includes conversations with two of the daughters, now in their 70s and 80s, as they recount their childhood in the Bronx, and memories of their parents Ruperto and Emilia. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Notes on Paper

Dir. France Rreally 2022

USA 10 min

A diary film of the thoughts I needed to get out of my head, carry with me, and look back at to fully understand.

the tender place where the world breaks

Dir. Emily Van Loan 2021

USA 13 min

I tried for two years not to breathe or touch my body numb the bones settling crooked. Just be yourself! A voice breaks like leather cracking. Thinking is a skill that can be developed. The point to prove it didn’t happen because I’m not the—no one’s the one who would let this happen, bruises blooming and, dishes feathers and bones in the sink and the sky stretched taut black tarp, bloodroot shining and the creeks clotted with trash and it’s all my fault: my fault, I am the tender place where the world breaks.


Dir. Jonathan Lee 2022

USA / South Korea 8 min

Made after the passing of the filmmaker’s grandfather, Jesa is a film dealing with themes of intergenerational trauma and its inherited effects on intimacy and family by reconstructing traditional Korean funerary rites. Exploring the effects of colonization and post-war memory on the intimate scale of family, Jesa uses song, stories, and recollections of the past to wrestle with the questions of how do we exist together after trauma?

"I Named Myself for You (Did You Name Yourself For Me?)"

Dir. Merlin Garcia 2022

USA 5 min

A visual exploration of the relationship between two siblings, as the filmmaker watches her sister go through transitioning and experiencing severe mental health crises.

Something To Do With Brook Water

Dir. Todd Fraser 2022

Canada 18 min

A super 8 letter for Henry.


  • Full Festival Pass

    Festival pass: $35 ($190 value) Pass includes: ⁃ Admission for one person to all 18 Film Diary NYC screenings at Millennium Film Workshop (11/13 - 11/18) ⁃ Admission for one person to Closing Night at DCTV’s Firehouse Cinema (11/19) ⁃ Admission for one person to Film Diary NYC 2.0 closing reception at DCTV’s Firehouse Cinema (post-screening 11/19) ⁃ 3 entries for raffle drawing with prizes from our sponsor, PhotoDom (drawing will take place 11/19 at closing reception)

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    Valid for a single program.

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