From the Episode: Letting Go

The Chair

| March 12, 2013

NYU / 2012 / 10 minutes / English / Color

The Chair

“The preachers couldn’t pray it away and the scientists couldn’t figure it out.”

The unseeable becomes the unknowable, as a mysterious outbreak of poisonous mold invades a small town. Out of this provocative premise, one boy attempts to understand his mother’s death. Set against the dreamy backdrop of the American South and propelled by the young man’s haunting narration, awful things start happening to the townsfolk. As families are displaced and frightening hazmat suits wheel away bodies, the boy wonders why he has been chosen to experience such calamities and why the plague has chosen his mother. Finally, he must confront his mother’s lone chair, which may hold the answer to why we hold on and why we let go. Directed by Grainger David. Winner of the Short Film Jury Prize at the 2012 SXSW Film Festival and an official selection in the Short Films Competition at the 65th Festival de Cannes. Principal Cast: King Hoey, Khari Lucas and Martha F. Brown.

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Series Producer
Lisa Landi

Associate Producer
Julia Shackelford

Peter Borg

Zaldy Serrano
Christina Zee White

Original Music
Written and Produced by

John Andrieni

Kevin Cooke
Marie K Lee

Social Media Specialist
Aldo Mora-Blanco

Sarah Hoffner

On Air Promotion
Bridget Louie

William Lowery
Abby Staeble

Director of TV Production
Sandy Schonning

Executive Producer
Scott Dwyer