The Houses That Are Left

USA 1991, Feature film, 76’ | Director, Screenplay, Editor, Shelly Silver | DoP John Kraus | Music Roy Nathanson, Curtis Fowlkes, E. J. Rodriguez | Cast Judy Blazer, Maggie Low and others | Distribution Arsenal

New York at the start of the 1990s. Chris and her three friends manage to get by, working on jobs that they don’t really like and living out relationships that are more or less fulfilled. But what they do not realise: they are under observation from the Otherside – i.e. five dead persons gathered in a control room monitor events and eventually begin to interfere in the lives of the living. Driven by love, murder, jealousy and revenge, a labyrinthine story unfolds situated between mystery story and crime lit, documentary film and TV melodrama.

SHELLY SILVER's works feature any number of topics and genres, thus calling into question standard definitions of authenticity and fiction. She is particularly interested in exploring the structures and limits of human relationships. A graduate of Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, she took part in the Independent Study Program at the Whitney Museum of American Art, received a scholarship from the DAAD in Berlin and was a Simon Guggenheim fellow in 2005. She currently lives in New York where she lectures at Cooper Union College and on the MFA Program of Photography & Related Media at the School of Visual Arts.

Films by Shelly Silver (Selections)
5 Lessons and 9 Questions about Chinatown
2009 | In Complete World 2008 | Suicide 2003 | 37 Stories About Leaving Home 1996 | Former East/Former West 1994 | April 2nd 1994 | We 1990 | Getting in. 1989 | Things I Forget to Tell Myself 1989 | Meet the People 1986

Shelly Silver
Feature Film
Focus: Excess