Pietchell and Oterholm's 'Coney Island' Nominated for Best Experimental/Art Film at West Chester Film Festival

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Filmmakers Demi Pietchell and Therese Oterholm will appear October 7-9, 2005, at the West Chester Film Festival in West Chester, Pennsylvania, to present their experimental documentary "Coney Island" which has been nominated for Best Experimental/Art Film.

Filmmakers Demi Pietchell and Therese Oterholm will appear October 7-9, 2005, at the West Chester Film Festival in West Chester, Pennsylvania, to present their experimental documentary "Coney Island" which has been nominated for Best Experimental/Art Film.

"Coney Island" is a surrealist performative experimental documentary exploring the gap between the nostalgic mythical view of Coney Island and the modern reality of the location. Inspired by the ironic tone of Luis Bunuel's Land Without Bread, the vintage filmstrip style narration in "Coney Island" shows no mercy or compassion for the people it describes, causing a reaction of simultaneous humor, disgust, shame, and horror within its audience. Writer/director/co-producer Demi Pietchell ("Relative Dysfunction," 2003) employs this technique in order to question the established stereotypical notions of both place and time while also calling attention to the conventional audience's assumption that the narrator will maintain impartial credibility.

"Coney Island" also explores the notion of society's "tough love" heartlessness for the heroin addict, especially among his/her peers. The comic notion of society's having looked the other way is portrayed to an extreme which causes the audience to face its laughter as ironic guilt through its measure of coldness and cruelty.

"Coney Island" has won a Grand Goldie Film Award at the 2005 Goldie Awards and was featured in the TVNET.net Online Film Festival. The film will also appear in the within the Script2Screen program at the Bare Bones International Independent Film Festival beginning October 13, 2005.

Demi Pietchell grew up in Palm Beach County, Florida, where she attended the Palm Beach County School of the Arts, an arts magnet high school in West Palm Beach. Pietchell’s interest in writing and film production led her to attend the Film and Television Program at Tisch School of the Arts, New York University, specializing in writing, directing, special effects make up, and sound. Pietchell has since written, directed and/or produced The 057 Club (1999), Manipulation (2000), Silent Dissonance (2000), Relative Dysfunction (2003), and Coney Island (2005). Pietchell’s sound recording credits include Hall Pass (1999), The Roommate (1999), Relative Dysfunction (2003), and Coney Island (2005). Pietchell continued to write short screenplays while in attendance at NYU's Film and Television Program, including Relative Dysfunction (2003) which won Best Picture and Best Writing at the Palm Beach Film Society Competition of the Palm Beach International Film Festival, Best Long Format Narrative Drama at the DV Awards in Park City, Utah, a Silver Goldie Award in Gainesville, Florida, and an honorable mention for narrative drama at the Utah Short Film and Video Festival in Salt Lake City. Relative Dysfunction also has had the honor of screening at the DaVinci Film Festival, Festival de Cine Internacionale de Barcelona, the Great Lakes Film Festival, the Hertfordshire Independent Film Festival, the Nickel Independent Film Festival, the Melbourne Independent Film Festival, the Rhode Island International Film Festival, and the Silver Lake Film Festival. Pietchell has returned to New York University to attend the graduate Interactive Telecommunications Program at Tisch School of the Arts. She will graduate in 2006.

Therese Oterholm grew up in Sarpsborg, Norway. Leaving Norway at the age of 18, she spent several years traveling around the world, living for extended periods of time in Brazil, the USA, Switzerland and Australia. A growing interest in Multimedia and Interactive Design resulted in the pursuit of a Bachelor Degree in Multimedia Production from Monash University, Australia, where she specialized in Digital Video Production. Working as a Multimedia Producer for Monash Digital in Melbourne, Australia, clients included Monash University, the Olympic Games Knowledge Services, and Victoria State Library. Freelance clients include Architecture Companies NMBW and Nettle Architects, and an award-winning multimedia presentation for the automotive concept design “Outback” by Mark Johnson. Oterholm is currently pursuing a Masters Degree at New York University, Tisch School of the Arts, in the Interactive Telecommunications Program. She will graduate in 2006.

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