Lilah (2009) 

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Nathaniel Hansen

Lilah is a psychic, about 55 years old, who has lived within the same 2 block radius in downtown Boston her entire life. Her neighborhood once rife with crime, drug abuse, strip clubs and prostitution, is now home to luxury high-rise buildings and multiple college campuses. Her business and home, and a few of the other area taverns and restaurants, are the last of the “old time” holdouts. The idea of interviewing a psychic interested me early on in this project, as I pass several on my walking route each day. I worked up the nerve to buzz the psychic on the 2nd floor of one building in particular, and was immediately buzzed up. There I met Lilah who was very, very reluctant to be interviewed. I was quickly informed that 1-2 times each month she is asked for interviews by students, newspapers and magazines – and she turns them all down. I took my time, didn’t push, and enjoyed a 30-minute conversation about nothing much at all. I showed her the piece I did on Pat, whom she knows. At the end, she agreed to see me the next day but wouldn’t allow me to film her face. I reluctantly agreed. I suppose I could always film her hands? The next afternoon, I showed up at the appointed time, and we discussed my approach and how I thought the interview could best reflect her story. After 15 minutes of visiting and some gentle persuasion, she agreed to let me film her – face and all. We chatted for a little over an hour, and the final piece is my impression of that time, boiled down to 5 minutes.

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on January 26, 2012 at 3:33am

It was okay...


on January 03, 2011 at 7:25pm

Short & Nice


on March 18, 2010 at 7:48am

Nice short watch. Very interesting!