five more minutes

Dena DeCola, Karin E. Wandner

2005 | 00:17:23 | United States | English | Color | Stereo | 4:3 | DV video

Collection: Single Titles

Tags: Body, Family, Performance, Youth/Childhood

five more minutes is an exploration of grief. Two women spend an afternoon recreating lost time. What begins as play-acting breaks open into a world where the tenderness and sorrow of having to say goodbye exist untempered.

"five more minutes has a perfect pleasurable tension that sustains and builds throughout. There are complex layers of interest--the subtle profound relationship between mother and daughter, friends and performers, reality breaking through artifice, artifice through reality. It is haunting and grows in the mind. Seeing it over is a treat; it gets deeper."

— Larry Gottheim, filmmaker

"I want to recommend a short film titled five more minutes made by Dena DeCola and Karin E. Wandner. They did it all. They wrote it, acted in it, and directed it. It's a strong and daring work. We live in such a buttoned-up, fearful, cautious culture. five more minutes is an attempt to open us up. And it’s not afraid to take chances to do it. It’s not afraid to be emotional."

— Ray Carney, author of Cassavetes on Cassavetes

"I only want to see movies made by people who are desperately trying to figure out how to live, five more minutes is one of those movies. Dena DeCola and Karin E. Wandner obviously risked a lot to make themselves this vulnerable, and they did it because they had to."

— Miranda July, director of Me and You and Everyone We Know 

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Exhibitions + Festivals

Athens International Film and Video Festival, Ohio, 2008

Dallas VideoFest, 2008