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Henry at the Golden Hour

Director: Maureen Towey

United States, 2023, 14 min

Festival Year:2024


Cast:K.J. Holmes, Kate Benson

Crew:Writer: Karinne Keithley Syers.


On his daily walk, Henry is visited by a woman who is long gone. Coasting the edge of portraiture and dance film, this short is about the season of visitation, when the sun creeps low and we hold our dead in mind.

About the director

Maureen Towey is a director, writer and producer working across artistic mediums.

For The New York Times, Towey directed the award-winning documentary 'Sensations of Sound' and served as the Senior Producer for The Daily 360, the only series in the world to create professional VR journalism on a daily basis. Towey has also worked as a contributing photo editor at The New York Times Magazine where she produced ten short films for their 2015 Great Performers series, starring Melissa McCarthy, Lily Tomlin, Michael Fassbender and others.

Towey has worked as a Creative Director for Grammy-winning musicians such as Arcade Fire, Ray LaMontagne, and Esperanza Spalding. She directed a music video for Sharon Van Etten's 'Seventeen' (currently over nine million views on YouTube) and the celebrated short film 'The 8th Year of the Emergency', starring Mary Beth Peil, Phillipa Soo, Linda Emond and Jeffrey DeMunn. A highlight of her theater work is directing Black Mountain Songs, which was co-created with Bryce Dessner (of The National) and Richard Reed Parry and starred the Brooklyn Youth Chorus (BAM in NYC, Barbican in London).

As an ensemble member with Sojourn Theatre, Towey directs radical community-based arts events. She directed Finding Penelope, a site-specific play written by Anne Basting and featuring a chorus of older adults. The play inspired a documentary, The Penelope Project, which played nationwide on PBS. The project also grew into a book, co-edited by Towey, entitled The Penelope Project: An Arts-Based Odyssey to Change Elder Care. With Sojourn, Towey also co-created The Islands of Milwaukee which culminated in a large scale installation in Milwaukee City Hall as well as a series of radio pieces that Towey produced.

As a writer, Towey co-wrote Last Lake, a television adaptation of Diane Cook's Man V. Nature. Last Lake was developed with The Department of Motion Pictures and Blumhouse. She was also a contributing producer for the late, great Pop-Up Magazine where she curated stories across disciplines. Towey has been recognized as a Fulbright scholar (South Africa), a Princess Grace fellow, a TCG Leadership U grantee (Berkeley Rep), and as a PBS/AOL MAKER.

Towey is currently curating a performance series for Hermès, premiering a short film she created with Karinne Keithley Syers and mobilizing a long-term project with artist Sean Fader to bring more queer memorials to the US.

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