Winter’s Watch

Saturday, September 16 at 11:00 am

Screens in “Meet the Makers” shorts program

Located ten miles off the coast of mainland New England, the Oceanic Hotel is the grand, yet far-from-modern home to the thousands of guests who brave the choppy seas to visit during the warmer spring and summer months. Off-season, the hotel and the 43-acre Star Island on which it sits is home to one woman – its winter caretaker who braves the colder, darker months of inclement weather by embracing the solitude and finding inspiration, and life, in what would otherwise be considered the ‘bones’ of winter.

Director: Brian Bolster
2017, 14 min.

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Brian Bolster grew up in suburban Boston, MA before attending and graduating from the film program at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. His short documentary films have screened at international film festivals including Sundance Film Festival, Camden International Film Festival, Full Frame, Slamdance Film Festival, and AFI Docs, and have also been distributed by The Atlantic Video, Aeon Video, and United Airlines among other channels. His documentary short film, The Tricks List won Best Director at the 2016 Tacoma Film Festival, and in 2014 his short documentary One Year Lease won the award for Best Documentary Short at the Tribeca Film Festival and was a Cinema Eye Honors 2015 nominee for Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Short Filmmaking.  His short documentary The Lookout won the Big Sky Award at the 2012 Big Sky Documentary Film Festival. Brian also holds an M.A. in Curriculum and Teaching from Teachers College, Columbia University, and has worked in several public and private schools in New York City, and as an educational researcher for Nickelodeon’s Blue’s Clues. After a 25+ year stint as a resident of Manhattan, he’s recently relocated to Hollywood CA.