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HOLDING STILL

HOLDING STILL
Scene from HOLDING STILL (photo © Luciano Cervio)

Although Janis lived in Seaside for the past 20 years and most of the inhabitants have heard her name, almost nobody has seen her face. Because she resides here, but does not participate in the everyday life of Seaside, Janis calls herself an invisible person. Since Janis had a terrible accident at the age of 22 she became paralyzed and spent the following decades in bed, leaving her bedroom just one or two times a year - watching the world around her house through a surveillance camera connected to her laptop. With the camera she can look at all the spots that otherwise would stay concealed – her living room, her kitchen and especially the life outside her house. Since Janis cannot be part of the world that surrounds her, she takes at least a small extract to her own little world. The film gives an insight into the universe of Janis Sawyer, one of the few permanent residents of Seaside, and looks at her hometown, once the location of the feature film The Truman Show, through her eyes.


Florian Riegel was born in Berlin in 1978. After spending time in Israel and South America, he studied Political Sciences in Berlin. From 2003 to 2009 he studied at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne, where he specialized in documentary filmmaking. His films include: FAKE IT TILL YOU MAKE IT (2005, short), U(TOPIE) 18 (2007, short, in collaboration with RaumlaborBerlin), HEAVEN ON EARTH (2007, short), and HOLDING STILL (2010, short).
Genre Biopic
Category Documentary, Short
Year of Production 2010
Director Florian Riegel
Screenplay Florian Riegel
Cinematography Luciano Cervio
Florian Riegel
Set Fire to Flames, PC, Sebastian Borowski
Production Company Kunsthochschule für Medien Köln (KHM)
Length 27 min
Format color
Original Version
 English
Sound Technology Dolby Stereo
Festivals Rotterdam 2010, Oberhausen 2010, Internationales Kurzfilmfestival Hamburg, Silverdocs Silver Spring 2010, Cracow 2010, Cork 2010, Clermont-Ferrand 2011, CFC Toronto 2011
Awards TENT. Academy Award Rotterdam 2010, First Prize NRW Competition Oberhausen 2010, Jury Award Hamburg 2010, German Short Film Award 2010 (Documentary Short), Award of the Festival - Best Short Film Cork 2010
With backing from Film- und Medienstiftung NRW

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