In Fortune, Naomi Yang’s short film featuring Norman von Holtzendorff, moments of tranquility clash with moments of genuine disquiet. Scenes of von Holtzendorff on a roof during sunset are intercut with a projection of a snake on a bedroom wall; a woman dressed in black and holding a black pomegranate flashes between scenes of von Holtzendorff walking through a field or sitting on a park bench. Von Holtzendorff goes to retrieve his mail, but finds only a tarot card. All of this works in concert to detail the story of a man — von Holtzendorff — haunted by his father’s legacy as a celebrated portrait painter and grappling to determine his own artistic impulses and the memory of his father’s emotional isolation. Scored by Yang and her bandmate Damon Krukowski, the final product is ethereal and dreamlike, a tale told in impressions, some of them soothing, some alarming.
Tonight, Damon and Naomi will accompany the film live during a special screening at Harvard’s Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, and the soundtrack will be released on the duo’s label 20/20/20 next year. For now, we’re honored to host the film’s online premiere, which you can watch below.