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New Short Film, '2+2,' To Premier At Sundance Film Festival

(January 03, 2002)
'2+2,' a new short experimental documentary produced and co-directed by Benita Raphan and Clayton Hemmert has been chosen for this year's Sundance Film Festival (

It will premier at Sundance before Feature Derrida between January 10th and 20th. '2+2' is also the subject of the Independent Film Channel Canada's Indie Nation. An award-winning short filmmaker and most recently a visual effects artist at New York's Quiet Man, Raphan, teamed with Hemmert, a partner and editor at Crew Cuts, the New York-based editorial house, to tell the story of John F. Nash.

Nash was a brilliant mathematician who added several important concepts to the basis of "Game Theory" before the age of 25. These ideas are still the basis for much of today's economic practices. At 25, Nash suffered a breakdown from schizophrenia and spent years in and out of mental hospitals. In 1994, he was awarded the Nobel Prize for the very paper he wrote thirty years earlier. Nash's life is also the subject of the feature film, 'A Beautiful Mind,' from director Ron Howard.

As Raphan has done with her previous films, 'Absence Stronger Than Presence,' 'Within/Without' and 'The Immediate Subject,' '2+2' again finds Raphan blending complex multimedia design and compositing techniques to tell the story of Nash's life in a surreal and powerful style.

A graduate of the Royal College of Art in England and the School of Visual of Arts, Raphan's previous work has garnered Gold Medals from the Broadcast Design Awards and from The Art Directors Club in New York and Paris. In 1999 she was nominated for a Rockefeller Award for Film and was twice short-listed for the Sundance Script Writers Lab. In addition her design work is on permanent display at the Cooper Hewitt Design Museum.

Sponsorship for '2+2' also comes from sound designer Marshall Grupp of Sound Lounge, New York; and composer by Pierre Foldes, who also worked on director Michael Cuesta film L.I.E. Inferno time was provided by Johnnie Semerad at Quiet Man and Connie Griffin at R!ot, New York; and the sound mix was engineered by Rob McIver of Buzz, New York. Dave Moribito, Glen Mordeci and Scott Kincaid were the DP's.

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