Katrin has fled her old life to move into a dilapidated apartment in Brooklyn. She lies awake at night, listening to the sounds of the building. The floorboards creak, the radiator groans, and behind that is another, far stranger sound.
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY, Rhode Island International Film Festival (and recipient of the Panavision Grant)
BEST DIRECTOR, Art of Brooklyn Film Festival
Hamptons International Film Festival
BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN, Canberra Short Film Festival
BEST SOUND DESIGN, Canberra Short Film Festival
Lighthouse International Film Festival
BEST SHORT FILM, Moondance Film Festival
SEMI-FINALIST, International Fine Arts Film Festival
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS, Karen Lynn Gorney, DAMN! Film Series
Sanctuary Film Festival, Australia
Sans Souci Festival of Dance Cinema
Vassar Film Festival
Citizen Jane Film Festival
BEST NEW TALENT, Alexandra Turshen, Seattle Shorts Film Festival
Choreoscope Dance Film Festival
Atlanta Underground Film Festival
Triskelion Dance Film Festival
Moovy Tanzfilmfestival Köln
ADF Movies by Movers
HollyShorts Film Festival
Film Fatales Screening at The Loft Theater, Tucson AZ
Film Fatales Screening at UCLA Melnitz Movies, Los Angeles
Film Fatales Screening at Refilmery, New York, NY
Artists & Beers Screening, Brooklyn, NY
Film Fatales Screening & Festival Panel at Soho House, New York
#DirectedbyWomen Screening at Michigan State University
Winner of $10,000 worth of production equipment from Panavision.
“When I look at Guez’s work, I’m impressed by its breadth, depth, and quality. Guez has rapidly been able to craft stories that seem to bring out a sense of wonder in their characters and in the relationships between them.”
– Lisa Reznik, Agnes Films
"An up and coming visionary with style, Bat-Sheva's work incorporates a blend of characters from different worlds with small hints of magic brought into her storytelling... Behind the Wall is sure to surprise audiences and make them think"
"The 17-minute short– for which Guez won the Art of Brooklyn Film Festival’s award for Best Director on Monday– is a magical-realist mystery tale of sorts, one that mourns a changing neighborhood in unexpected and incredibly imaginative ways."
Behind the Wall "examines the healing power of music and dance while mourning a changing neighborhood and the generation that is part of this change. I would definitely recommend going to the HollyShorts film festival to watch this. It is a great combination of vision, story, and cinematography that shouldn’t be missed."
-Scott Green, IPS News
"I’ve spent most of my adult life in Brooklyn and despite all the ways it’s changed recently, I still adore this city. A lot of my recent work has a very strong sense of place, and Brooklyn features prominently in it. I love the history of this place, I love the secret gardens choked with morning glory vines tucked away in back alleys, I love the colorful graffiti walls that change with the seasons. I love the characters who ornament the neighborhood:
the man that takes long walks around the block whistling everywhere he goes, or the woman who fixes watches in a tiny booth in the laundromat. Especially now that these old neighborhoods are changing so quickly, I feel a strong desire to document them before they change forever – but document them within a fictional context – with a larger-than-life sensibility. That’s what I’ve done with Behind the Wall and intend to do with my upcoming feature.”
“Behind the Wall is a delightful short film that gently alters ones perception of reality."
She writes stories that are character-driven and emotional. Guez’s films include careful attention to detail, beautifully designed sets, and a little bit of magic. ‘I really love building worlds,’ she said.”
“I grew up reading a lot of books with magic in it,’ said Guez, ‘and as I matured, my taste for magic matured with it. I became less interested in wizards and fairy dust and magic spells, and more into everyday street magic, the kind where, if you walk slowly enough or look hard enough, you can see it.'”
” I care deeply about liberating dance from the confines of a theater and re-imagining it in the world, setting it in a location that adds depth and subtext to the story…. I actually have quite loud radiators in my apartment. I used to wake up at 3 in the morning and cry sometimes. I started to imagine a world where people wake up at 3 in the morning and dance.”
“Guez is currently seeking funding for her film And How She Tried which also explores the world of magical realism.”
About The Director
Bat-Sheva Guez is a filmmaker with an eye for experimental storytelling. She weaves dance, magic, and experimental techniques into character-driven stories with lovely production design. Fascinated by the undiscovered potential of the medium, she has worked with dance, stillness, sculpture, projection- mapping, and other non-traditional forms of the craft.
She has directed more than twelve short films and has screened in festivals worldwide including the Hamptons International Film Festival, the Rhode Island International Film Festival, the Sans Souci Festival, the New York Television Festival, and the Atlanta Underground Film Festival.
She is the recipient of the JT3 Artist Award for Screenwriting & Directing.
Bat-Sheva currently lives and works in Brooklyn as a producer and director for her production company Adventure Pants, directing high quality web content for clients - from artist profiles for Lincoln Center to films for energy clients and think tanks.
Karen Lynn Gorney
Written & Directed by Bat-Sheva Guez
Produced by Bat-Sheva Guez & Gina Bouchard
Associate Producer: Emily Branham
Score: Mark Orton
Choreography: Krista Racho-Jansen
Cinematography: Giacomo Belletti
Production Design: James Bartol
Sound Design: Arjun G. Sheth & Patrick Burgess
Color Correction: Tristan Kneschke