INTERFILM 37 International Short Film Festival Berlin
16 - 21 November 2021



Debi Cornwall // United States // 2021 // 10:35 min

Experimental, Live Action

Drawn from over 200 Hollywood films, excerpts from traffic stops and real statements from survivors of such a traumatic experience are woven together to create an other-worldly story about fictionalised accounts of real state violence and how we consume them.

Three Questions for the Director

1. Short Film has a unique way of telling stories and exploring themes. What is it that fascinates you about the short format?

Deborah Cornwall: Short films are a powerfully efficient way to create a world, draw viewers into it, and pose big questions.

2. The program your film is selected for is called “Reality Bites": What connection do you see between your film and that title?

Deborah Cornwall: Pineland/Hollywood is all about distinguishing reality from fantasy, both in the story it tells, and also in challenging audiences to consider how we consume certain kinds of stories as entertainment. I would say more but don't want to spoil the reveal!

3. What film has inspired you most to make films yourself and what part of it do you see in your own work?

Deborah Cornwall: Just one? Omer Fast's body of work looms large for me. His films blurring lines between documentary and fiction using reenactment, including Take a Deep Breath and 5,000 Feet Is the Best, as well as his pioneering use of found footage in CNN Concatenated, have influenced Pineland/Hollywood, which repurposes almost 500 fair-use clips from about 200 pop-culture films.

Screenplay: Debi Cornwall

Score: Quentin Chiappetta

Producer: Debi Cornwall

Director: Debi Cornwall

Sales Agent: Debi Cornwall

Editor: Debi Cornwall

Sound Design: Quentin Chiappetta

Sound Mixing: Quentin Chiappetta

Text: Debi Cornwall

The film is shown in the following programs

Special Programs

Reality Bites

19.11.21, 20:30h, Babylon 2

20.11.21, 21:00h, Zeiss-Großplanetarium Kino