Where From Here (2020) commissioned by the Finnish Cultural Institutes, explores virtuality and dis-connectivity in a time of pandemic and breakdown in New York and Helsinki. 

Photo Credits. Top: Lenore Malen; Bottom: Christopher Thomas

A cinematic collaboration between artists Lenore Malen and Samir Bhowmik, it’s starting point is a phrase by Gianpiero Petriglieri on the virtual:  “We sense too little and can’t imagine enough.” 

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Where from Here is a series of six intertwined short films, performances, monologues alternating between the backdrops of The Hudson Valley, New York City and the Helsinki archipelago. This back-and-forth remote correspondence between the artists over a period of two months works like a chain letter, constantly dependent on interpretation and improvisation, and thus it’s conclusions remain open ended. 

Where From Here [Helsinki] – Preview Clip 2/6 from Samir Bhowmik on Vimeo.

The Finnish episodes, featuring the performer/Singer Dallas Ulla and take place on the Helsinki Archipelago: Vuossari, Jätkäsaari and Kruunuvuori. 

The New York episodes featuring Actress Jessica Weinstein were filmed in an abandoned garden in Hudson NY, a nearby cemetery, and in Soho, New York.

The film, Where From Here, will premiere in November and December 2020 through three installments of 6 episodes.