NHdocs: the New Haven Documentary Film Festival 2020

The Invisible Father & All the Difference

Expired August 23, 2020 3:00 PM
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In the 60s, beat poet and experimental filmmaker Piero Heliczer helped shaped New American Cinema, and was enmeshed with iconic filmmaker Andy Warhol and The Velvet Underground at the very start of their careers. Through interviews with family and friends, found photos, and archival footage, Piero’s daughter, Thérèse, explores the artistic legacy and life of a man she never knew. The Invisible Father explores the promise and perils of leading an authentic, creative life, and the impact that it can have on the people you leave behind in the process. Can you make peace with never knowing your father if you can find a connection to him through his art? 

Director's Bio: Thérèse Heliczer graduated from THE FILM SCHOOL and Wesleyan University. As an emerging filmmaker, Heliczer has been very active in the independent Seattle film community for the past several years and thanks the mentorship and resources from the Seattle Documentary Association, Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF), Women in Film and Northwest Film Forum. Heliczer was a programmer for the Post Alley Film Festival which spotlights women filmmakers and was a cast member in the short film, Signs Everywhere, and the feature film, The Boy Who Lived Before. Heliczer has also spent the last 30 years in public sector communications and project management. Currently, she is a project manager at the Seattle Department of Transportation where she manages over $50 million in transportation projects and this experience has given her the skills to produce and direct her first feature length documentary film, The Invisible Father.

  • Year
  • Runtime
    57 minutes
  • Language
  • Country
    United States
  • Premiere
    World Premiere
  • Director
    Therese Heliczer
  • Screenwriter
    Eric Frith
  • Producer
    Kate Dandel