L'Amour 2

This is a short film I made in 1989 about the process of my father Piero Paci’s death from pancreatic cancer. While he was dying I shot a lot of video — VHS, by the way, we’re talking old school! — of him, and recorded him on audio tape, and shot lots of photos. He didn’t want to be recorded at this stage of his life. I did it anyway, for better or worse. I then transferred this video footage to film by shooting it off a tv monitor with a 16mm non-sync camera on b&w stock. Then I edited the material, laying down audio from family discussions between my parents and us kids and family friends, and phone calls between my father and his parents in Italy. Jimi Hendrix’ “Are You Experienced?” was completely appropriate to what I felt at the time — not for its obvious implications but for an entirely different, but in some ways similar, type of experience — coming face to face with death. L’Amour 2 was the beginning of my work as a filmmaker and was the seed for subject matter of my later feature film Searching for Paradise. Shown on WNYC-TV/Channel 13, March 1993 (7 min).

Year:

1989

Format:

16mm

Starring:

Cassis Henry

Katrin Hilbe

Myra Paci

Jennifer Payson,

Amy Russell

Spencer Snygg

Festivals:

Third Wave Film Festival, New York City, 1995
Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, 1993
Melbourne International Lesbian and Gay Film & Video Festival, 1992
Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, Hamburg, 1992
London Lesbian & Gay Film Festival, 1991
University of Virginia, Women’s Film Festival, 1991
Third Wave International Women’s Film and Video Festival, Austin, 1991
San Francisco International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival, 1990
City College of San Francisco, “History of Gay and Lesbian Film”, 1990

Download stills here.

"The short, short Butch Patrol is one long breath, over before you know it, in which Myra Paci offers a funky, gritty look at street scenes; strange as it is good. More, please."

Warren Sonbert, Bay Area Reporter

Awards

Festival du Cinema

Americain Independent

d’Agen, France

Grand Prize – Best Feature Film

Winner

Hamptons International

Film Festival

Kodak Award for Cinematography

Best Fiction Feature Film/Video

Winner

Nominee

Milan International

Film Festival

Best Actress Award

Winner

Cast and Crew

Written, directed, edited

and produced by

Myra Paci

Cinematography by

Ian Hardin

Cast:

Cassis Henry

Katrin Hilbe

Myra Paci

Jennifer Payson

Amy Russell

Spencer Snygg

Written, directed, edited

and produced by

Myra Paci

Cinematography by

Ian Hardin

Cast:

Cassis Henry

Katrin Hilbe

Myra Paci

Jennifer Payson

Amy Russell

Spencer Snygg

Written, directed, edited

and produced by

Myra Paci

Cinematography by

Ian Hardin

Cast:

Cassis Henry

Katrin Hilbe

Myra Paci

Jennifer Payson

Amy Russell

Spencer Snygg