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This Must Be the Place: COFFER

Video by Lost & Found Films

"We look at working in documentaries almost like a passport that allows us to see how different people live, across cultural, class, socioeconomic and racial lines. And what better way to sum up that idea than explore people's spaces: their home, their place of work, their hangout spot — to really examine, both visually and emotionally, the places that people LIVE. So we decided to make that the focus of our series, This Must Be The Place." — Ben Wu

Filmmakers Ben Wu and David Usui's This Must Be the Place is a series of short films that explores the idea of home; what makes them, how they represent us, and why we need them. Their most recent installment, Coffer is a meditative portrayal of tintype photographer John Coffer's rural home and workspace in upstate New York. Living off the grid, in a cabin he built by hand more than two decades years ago, the artists explains the philosophy behind his way of life, and his thoughts on the nature of home, while the camera drifts through his space, capturing glimpses of him at work and at rest.

Ben Wu is an award winning documentary filmmaker from San Francisco, CA. He received his MA in Documentary Film & Video from Stanford University, and is currently based in Brooklyn, NY. He loves Banh Mi sandwiches and has a pretty decent jump shot. He is one half of Lost & Found Films.

David Usui (second half of Lost &Found Films) works as a documentary filmmaker. He is currently producing a feature film with His Holiness The Dalai Lama and Robert Thurman investigating the inefficacy of modern warfare.

Posted on Saturday, January 28, 2012.

 

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