My Elliot

3:18 / Canada / 2013 / Super 8 / Digital transfer/ Sound

Synopsis: Elliot canes his way slowly into the frame in his blue bathrobe, singing “Oh, what a beautiful morning” on the soundtrack’s voice-over. He sits on a bright blue chair, where his breakfast is waiting for him. Elliot Yarmon is ninety-four, still laughing, taking it one spoonful at a time. A sudden acceleration of camera time speeds his day along into darkness, and then he is back in the chair eating his breakfast again, while he sings “Happy Birthday” on his answering machine. Soundtrack by Elliot Yarmon.

Elliot passed away peacefully and contentedly in his home on August 18, 2015

Director: Madi Piller

Artist bio: Madi Piller is a filmmaker, animator, programmer, and independent curator currently living and working in Toronto, Canada. Her abstract, nonrepresentational and poetic images are drawn from film explorations in Super 8, 16mm and 35mm, as well as photography and video. The resulting imagery is strongly influenced by diverse animation techniques and styles.