SQUIRREL HILL FALLS by Hilary Brashear
A 20 minute docu-fiction film about a magical abandoned park, its local history, and a new neighbor curious to get inside. This project plays with the purpose of ownership and value of protecting natural spaces in gentrifying neighborhoods. Structured as a fairytale, with titled chapters and storybook-style graphics, SHF is a quirky, humorous, DIY project, bringing playfulness and fantasy to the documentary genre. Animation, live actors, and drone footage create a fictional world inside of the park while traditional documentary style interviews and iphone diary footage fill out the history of this local neighborhood mystery.