L E   F I F A
L E   F I F A
The Art of Metaphor
Buildings are like people to me, they tell stories.” For more than 50 years, renowned installation artist Donna Dennis builds under-scaled houses to metaphorically honor lost friends. Ironically, her own home studio comes under threat in a decades long struggle against the forces of real estate in New York City. Rich with quotations from hundreds of journals going back to the early 1970s, the film reveals the voice of a poet, searching for meaning and metaphor, questioning what happens to a person when they die and documenting the journey the work takes her on.

In the presence of the director Kate Taverna and the producer Alan Adelson on March 21, 2024 at the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montréal
Director Kate Taverna
Director of Photography Donna Dennis, Sam Shinn
Production Alan Adelson, Kate Taverna
Executive Production Andy Tarshis
Editing Anita H.M Yu
Colorization Luz Marina Zamora
Cast Donna Dennis
Music Blake Leyh


• Centre Canadien d’Architecture
Thursday, march 21, 2024, 05:30 p.m. — 07:15 p.m.


Kate Taverna

Kate Taverna

This is the first solo directing and editing effort for Kate Taverna. She produced, co-directed and edited The People vs. Agent Orange”; as well as co-directed and edited the feature length Lodz Ghetto”, both of which had nationwide theatrical releases and PBS broadcasts. Taverna also produced and co-directed In Bed With Ulysses”, a nationwide theatrical release; ” Deux Villages au Kosovo” for ARTE France and Germany, and RTE Ireland. Taverna has edited more than 50 films over her career: Asylum” and Killing in the Name” were Academy award nominees in Best Short Documentary category in 2004 and 2011 respectively. The feature length Pray the Devil Back to Hell” won Best Documentary award at the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival. ” She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry” won the Audience award at the 2014 Boston Independent film festival, released theatrically nationwide and globally on Netflix. She is also a sculptor and artist. Armor As A State Of Mind”,an installation of woven steel armored child-sized figures she created in response to gun violence against children continues to gain media attention.

Biographical notes provided by the film production team

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