The films of Brian M. Cassidy and Melanie Shatzky have screened at the Sundance, Berlin, Toronto and Rotterdam film festivals, MoMA, the National Gallery of Art, ICA London and Lincoln Center. Cassidy and Shatzky have won awards at several festivals including the European Media Art Festival, Chicago, New Orleans, Athens, Planete Doc Review in Warsaw, and RIDM in Montreal. In 2012, the duo was nominated for a Gotham Award for Breakthrough Director. Their most recent films are the documentaryThe Patron Saints and the dramatic feature Francine, starring Academy Award winner Melissa Leo.
Pigeon Projects was founded in 2005 as a means of producing the uncompromising fiction and non-fiction films of Brian M. Cassidy and Melanie Shatzky. Living comfortably at the margins of documentary and narrative cinema, works created by Pigeon Projects forgo conventional storytelling methods in order to accommodate stark imagery, elusive characters and a deadpan realism.
Fish Kill Flea (51', USA, 2007)
The Delaware Project (14', USA, 2007)
God Provides (9', USA, 2007)
The Patron Saints (72', USA, 2011)
Francine (74', USA, 2012)
The Patron Saints (Orig.) / 2011 / Canada / 72 min
The Patron Saints is a disquieting and hyperrealistic glimpse into life at a nursing home. Bound by the candid confessions of a recently disabled resident, the film weaves haunting images, scenes and stories from within the institution walls.