Home – A Short Film by Matt Faust

Thanks to Rachel Maddow tweeting about it, I was fortunate enough to watch last year the film “Home” by Matt Faust. It is a touching portrayal of the essence of home as conveyed through bittersweet, evocative archive photos of a house in Chalmette, Louisiana that was flooded by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The film distills the essence of home and the feeling of loss that occurs when home becomes a memory. It does so in a way that everyone can relate to so that observers of Katrina may see beyond the forensic analysis of Katrina’s aftermath and gain a deeper understanding of what has been lost.

During the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival the film was available for viewing online, but unfortunately now it is not. When I asked its creator as to why not make it freely available on YouTube, he replied:

Hey Shahar,
In a perfect world, I would put it anywhere I wanted and let everyone see it. But unfortunately, doing that would jeopardize many opportunities for it. Things like film fests, distributors, and the academy awards are very peculiar about how and when they want their films to be shown.
I realize that this makes it much harder for people like you to write interesting stories about it, but that’s just the way it has to be for now. Hopefully, a distribution deal will be worked out soon that will at least let you point people to the film on iTunes and other outlets.
Thanks and sorry,

So all I have for you today is the following trailer, which is technically a teaser – but since it is 28% as long as the entire 6 minutes film, it may qualify as Cliff’s Notes: