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Eighth Annual Festival
Director: Rene Dongo
Producer: ICA Fast Forward Boston
Winner of the Emerging Artist Award
ABOUT THE FILM
More About The Countdown from Director Rene Dongo
The Countdown is a collaboration that had been in the works ever since Sofia Snow and I met. We have been friends since taking the bus home together in the 3rd grade. Since giving her The Spoken Word Revolution for her birthday, Sofia has come to every screening of my first short films. We are friends who have supported each other through the years, but it wasn’t until our senior year that we had the idea to come together and create something. Our trust in each other came out through the process of making the film.
With a work-in-progress piece titled The Countdown, Sofia decided to challenge herself by capturing the emotions that 9/11 created. To me, it was important not to take away from what Sofia had to say but to evoke the viewer to dig into their own memories of their experience. She trusted in my vision and I trusted Sofia in hers. When we came together to shoot, it flowed just like her poetry.
The Countdown is something very personal for both of us and we appreciate the idea that others can take something away from it as well.