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If a Tree Falls in a Forest

NY Premiere

Director: Leonardo Pirondi

United States, 2021, 15 min

Shooting Format:16mm > 35mm

Festival Year:2022


Cast:John Hawk, Zazie Ray-Trapido

Crew:Writers: Leonardo Pirondi, Andrew Kim.


Set in the landscapes of Los Angeles, this hybrid documentary seeks to explore harmful cyclical occurrences that exploit natural resources and bring us closer to extinction. Following the discovery of a mysterious metal structure in the desert, this film documents the encased objects found within the structure. This film is made up of speculative recreations of the study conducted, analysis of the found objects, and surrounding landscapes.


About the director

Leonardo Pirondi is a filmmaker from São Paulo, Brazil, based in Los Angeles, Porto, and São Paulo. His films explore the infinite abyss between the multiple derived versions of reality through documentary, experimental, and narrative modes. Much of his work uses analog and digital manipulations on celluloid to examine the sociopolitical unfoldings of the intersections between imagination, science, myth, and technology.His films have been screened and discussed at film festivals, institutions, and venues internationally, such as the International Film Festival Rotterdam, BFI London, True/False, Edinburgh, Ambulante, Wexner Center for the Arts, Chicago International, REDCAT, Athens International Film/Video, Vienna Shorts, Centro Cultural São Paulo, CalArts, University of Chicago, and the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. Some of his work exists in the collection of Cinematheque of the Museum of Modern Art in Rio de Janeiro and The Film-Makers' Cooperative in New York. He holds a Film/Video degree from the California Institute of the Arts and is a recipient of the Tim Disney Prize for Excellence in the Storytelling Arts.

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