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About See Memory
At the intersection of art and science, an artist takes an emotional journey inside the mystery and magic of memory. Combining paintings which drip, layer and transform, with insights from memory scientists and therapists; she guides viewers on an intimate trip through the mind, exploring whether memories that have been lost can ever be found and if those that have been damaged can be repaired.
See Memory is a short film by Viviane Silvera made out of 10,000 painting stills. The title was inspired by an essay by Oliver Sacks entitled Speak Memory that appeared in the New York Review of Books in 2013. The film explores how our memories define who we are, how we remember, and the inextricable link between memory and imagination.
See Memory’s main character is a girl who we meet walking through Central Park on a winter’s day. She is alone and disconnected, lost within the world of her suffering–unable to decipher reality from dream. She enters therapy and gradually connects with the therapist who bears witness to her story. Leaving, she re-enters the park transformed by the sharing her story–everything looks and feels completely different.
Recent research in neuroscience has shown that from the moment we recall them, memories are in flux, interacting and mingling with imagination. See Memory explores this idea in shifting layers of imagery with perception interacting with dreams and imagination. Interviews with psychiatrists and neuroscientists guide the imagery in the film, speaking about the purpose and process behind remembering.
Director, Painter, Producer, Viviane Silvera:
Producer: Jonathan Cornick: Emmy-nominated producer Jon Cornick has over 20 years experience in film and television. He has raised over $80 million of independent financing for his projects, and established strong relationships with top entertainment lawyers, managers, talent agents, and executives. Jon formed the production company El Dorado Pictures with Alec Baldwin with whom he produced David Mamet’s State and Maine among other feature films. Jon has worked with Sir Anthony Hopkins, Christopher Plummer, Gary Oldman, Demi Moore, Robert Duvall, Dennis Hopper, Blake Lively and Burt Reynolds on many other films. Most recently, Jon produced the short See Memory, Bolden and Louis. Jon is a member of the Directors Guild of America and is an avid photographer.
Editor, Thomas Rivera Montes:
Editor, Matthew Connelly:
Music, Paul Brill: Paul Brill has received 3 Emmy Award nominations for his scores for the films, “Full Battle Rattle” (National Geographic), “The Devil Came on Horseback” (Break Thru Films), and “The Trials of Darryl Hunt” (HBO). Paul won the first-ever Best Music Award from the International Documentary Association for his score for the film, “Better this World.” He collaborated with Rock legends U2 on the HBO film, “Burma Soldier,” composing a new string arrangement for an acoustic version of their classic song, “Walk On.” He recently completed work on the Emmy Award-winning, 6 hour PBS documentary, “The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross,” with noted historian Henry Louis Gates and additional musical contributions from Wynton Marsalis. http://paulbrill.com
Dr. Paul Browde, M.D.: a psychiatrist, with expertise in narrative therapy, Ericksonian hypnotherapy, and psychopharmacology. He founded, along with Murray Nossel, the company Narativ Inc., which aims at transforming individuals, teams, and organizations through the simple, timeless, and universal art of storytelling.
Cheryl Dolinger Brown, LCSW: Psychoanalyst, Imago Relationship Therapist (Advanced Clinician and Consultant), a PACT (Psychobiological Approach to Couple Therapy) level 2 therapist and a Somatic Experience Practioner.
Dr. Robert Elvove, M.D.: is assistant professor of clinical psychiatry at the Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons where he supervises medical students, residents, and fellows and is medical director at The Valley Hospital general psychiatric unit in Ridgewood, New Jersey
Dr. Gerald Epstein, M.D.: is a pioneer in the use of mental imagery for healing physical and emotional illness and the author of the bestselling book Healing Visualizations. He is the Director of the American Institute for Mental Imagery (AIMI) and is Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Mt. Sinai Medical Center in New York City.
Dr. Eric R. Kandel, M.D.: University Professor and Fred Kavli Professor, Department of Neuroscience, Columbia University; and Senior Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute. He is Director of the Kavli Institute for Brain Science and Co-Director of the Mortimer B. Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute. He has been recognized with the Albert Lasker Award, the Heineken Award of the Netherlands, the Gairdner Award of Canada, the Harvey Prize and the Wolf Prize of Israel, the National Medal of Science USA, and the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine in 2000
Dr. Silvana Riggio, M. D. :Dr. Riggio is a Professor of Psychiatry and Neurology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York. Dr. Riggio has started several innovative programs in the field of neuropsychiatry with a focus on cognition. Her major interests are in the cognitive and behavioral manifestations of traumatic brain injury (TBI) and the role of attention and memory in the evaluation of these patients. Dr. Riggio is the Medical Director for the NFL Neurological Care Program at Mount Sinai, she serves as an independent Neuro Trauma Consultant for the NFL and is the Neurology Medical Advisor (MAP) for the NFL. Dr. Riggio is a distinguished teacher who is one of only a very few to receive both “Master Educator” and “Master Clinician” designation by the Institute of Medicine Education at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. She has authored over 50 articles and book chapters, has edited 7 books, 2 journal supplements, and co-authored one book. She has been the primary investigator or co-investigator on 22 grants.
Dr. Daniela Schiller, PhD.: Dr. Schiller earned both a bachelor¹s degree in psychology and philosophy and a Ph.D. in psychobiology from Tel Aviv University. In 2005 she began working as a postdoctoral fellow at New York University, where she conducted a groundbreaking study that focused on memory reconsolidation and the blocking or update of fearful memories. Dr. Schiller¹s work has been published in numerous scholarly journals, including Nature, Neuron and Nature Neuroscience. She has also served as a contributing author for books, such as The Human Amygdala. Schiller has been the recipient of several awards, including the Fulbright postdoctoral award, the New York Academy of Sciences Blavatnik Award for Young Scientists, and the Klingenstein-Simons Fellowship award in the Neurosciences, for her research on how to rewire the brain to eradicate fear as a response to memory. Dr. Schiller is currently an Associate Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Neuroscience and Friedman Brain Institute at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, where she directs the affective neuroscience laboratory.
Sound Designer, James Guastaferro,: a singer, songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist, performer, producer, home-recording engineer, sound designer and arranger. He was a founding member of the NYC indie electronic band Tones From The Underground with which he released four albums. He has scored or had his music used in films such as a “The Last Ghost of War” and “Behati Supreme” and his songs are used by choreographers in performances at Alvin Alley, Bryant Park, Jacob’s Pillow, Flushing Town Hall and the NYC based dance company Barkin/Sellisen Project.