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A Brooklyn woman wrote, directed, and produced her latest short film, set in a neighborhood where her grandmother lived for almost 35 years.
BROOKLYN, NY (Catholic Online) - Melanie Schiel, 30, is debuiting her film "Rockaway" at the Brooklyn Academy of Music on Saturday, June 30 at 4:30 p.m. almost five years after her grandmother's death. The film touches on sexual abuse and isolation, however relies on a childish nostalgia, according to Schiel.
"I used to sit silently with my grandma on the boardwalk. We wouldn't say a word, just watch the waves crash," said Schiele. "There's something very timeless - you can go there and experience what people experienced 50 years ago."
Already having received critical acclaim for her previous short film "Delilah, Before," the New York University graduate has a lot of hope for "Rockaway." She hopes it will relate with locals, daytrippers, and New Yorkers who haven't gone out of the city.
"The sense of place and the sense of closeness I had with my grandmother resonated throughout the movie," said Schiele. "I hope people get to connect to the area."
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