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Brian M. Cassidy and Melanie Shatzky



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

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.





“My work has two strands: the first one deals with direct political images of violence, aggression and protest, mostly in Israeli-Palestinian context. It’s critique of news media, researching the complex, both realistic and surrealistic aspects of these images. The second strand of videos is more abstract and universal, dealing with cognitive, environmental and existential issues,” says the director about his works.

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- 16.1.2017 -

Charter 77

Charter 77

We commemorate the 40th anniversary of the founding of Charter 77 by presenting documentary profiles of the signatories to this important initiative of anti-communist resistance. Learn more about the context of this historical event by means of an authentic film experience.

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- 10.1.2017 -

Merry and Cinematic Christmas from DAFilms!

Merry and Cinematic Christmas from DAFilms!

A bonus subscription to DAFilms.com is a present you will never get tired of thanks to its diversity. You can get it for your close ones or just for yourself.

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- 14.12.2016 -

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