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Official Selection, Tribeca Film Festival

Director: Russell Sheaffer

Light, color, and sound are the ingredients of Acetate Diary, a handmade, camera-less film on 16mm that is at once a document of serious bodily trauma and a beautiful series of abstract patterns.

Swarming with color and sound, Acetate Diary is a literal diary — a series of words and drawings written after experimental filmmaker Russell Sheaffer received a particularly difficult medical diagnosis. Scrawled across the visual and optical audio tracks of 100 feet of 16mm film, Acetate Diary uses film stock as both a writing and projectable surface by which to simultaneously air and abstract its maker’s internal emotional state.

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