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Jackie and Don Seiden are Chicago-artists who have been married for five decades, making all manner of eccentric and moving sculptures, installations, and video works, turning even their house into a life-long artistic practice. To incredibly intimate footage of the two interacting and creating together, first-time director and cinematographer Daniel Hymanson weaves in archival footage and interviews of the Seidens through thick and thin. Though So Late So Soon starts off as a quirky character profile, the film quickly takes on darker tones as Jackie and Don confront the effects of aging and of care taking for their beloved Victorian home. Can they hold onto their relationship and their home, which is a repository of their love and their work? A longitudinal project which Hymanson filmed over many years, this film is personal in many ways; Hymanson, as a toddler, was a student in one of Jackie’s art classes. As such, Jackie’s infectious energy and support of termite-like modalities of art-making make her a documentary star. As a filmmaker, Hymanson is invested in sensitively conveying both Jackie’s practice, an inquiry into the temporal nature of materials, and its reverberating effects on everything around her, including the film. Tenderly edited by Harvard graduate Isidore Bethel, this film locates memory-formation and the vitality of a life well-lived within the creative process.

 

“While Jackie and Don are funny and fascinating subjects on their own, Hymanson’s formal confidence elevates “So Late So Soon” to heights that the Seidens couldn’t reach by themselves. Rigorous compositions are mixed together with fly-on-the-wall footage that highlight performativity without feeling too stagey.” Vikram Murthi, Rogerebert.com

  • Year
    2020
  • Runtime
    71 minutes
  • Language
    English
  • Country
    United States
  • Director
    Daniel Hymanson
  • Producer
    Kellen Quinn, Josh Penn, Trace Henderson, Noah Stahl
  • Cinematographer
    Daniel Hymanson, additional footage provided by Jackie and Don Seiden
  • Editor
    Isidore Bethel