A distant, culturally-mixed family attempts a ceremonial day together. Lifelong emotions surface through small gestures, while the world around them keeps changing and carries on.
AN OCCURRENCE is a moody, poetic, and meditative work about what is said and unspoken between four generations in a family. It’s a celebration of Art Cinema and centers Asian-Americans. While the story is intentionally subtle, there is tenderness and palpable tension beneath the surface – a play of quiet and unspoken emotions. Although the family is the focus, the house they reside in, the lives of strangers, distant places, and nature are all equally part of the narrative. We’re connected to each other, space, and time, even if we don’t always pay attention. Shot mostly at dawn and dusk, it evokes feelings of transition, impermanence, and beginnings.
Produced in Western Massachusetts, NY State, and Atlanta.
Dien Vo (Writer, Director, Producer)
Flonia Telegrafi (Lead Producer)
Ryan Monolopolus (Creative Producer)
Blake Studwell (Cinematographer)
Beck Selberg (Associate Producer)
Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation
Martha Boschen Porter Fund
Bard College at Simon’s Rock
Mount Holyoke College
Massachusetts Independent Film Festival – Nomination: Outstanding Short – April 2023
Vienna Independent Film Festival – Winner: Best Art Direction – September 2023
LAVA Film Festival – Greenfield MA – September 2023
Shawna Shea Film Festival – Winner: Best Local Short – September 2023
Blow-Up Arthouse Filmfest · Chicago – Third Place (shared) – January 2024
Arthouse Film Festival – January 2024