CFMS alumnis' 'The Home' at CTIFMF Works in Progress Lab

26 Sep 2018 - 08:45
Screenshot from 'The Home' feature film


Two CFMS alumni Jessie Zinn and Chase Musslewhite's film The Home will feature as part of the Works in Progress Lab at the Cape Town International Film Market and Festival (CTIFMF), which takes place from 9-19 October 2018 at venues across the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town. The Works in Progress Lab is a separate section of the "Industry" section of the festival, focused on rough cut viewings and one-on-one mentoring sessions in keeping with the CTIFMF theme of "Create, Collaborate and Celebrate". The Home is aimed to be done by January 2020.


The Home synopsis: 

In the heat of drought-stricken Cape Town, elderly residents of a local Jewish old-age home struggle to elect a new resident committee amidst an otherwise mundane schedule within the luxurious complex. The Home is a documentary comedy that zooms in on the daily lives of the people living and working in the home as they prepare (or ignore) the impending elections. Through humorous observation, this quirky documentary takes a look at themes surrounding death and a desire to find purpose at any age.


From the directors:

Zinn and Musslewhite worked together on three award winning short films made through UCT - Umva (2015), Into Us and Ours (2016) and Can I Please Go to the Bathroom? (2017). The Home is their first feature together. 

"We are thrilled to be selected to participate in the CTIFMF's WIP lab this year with our documentary project The Home. As young, first-time feature filmmakers, the WIP lab presents an incredible opportunity to help us complete the project as well as foster the multiple voices behind the film. As a team comprised solely of young filmmakers, we are grateful for the opportunity to engage with more established stakeholders and filmmakers and excited to receive input that will be invaluable for the film's future trajectory and lifespan. The film itself meets at the intersection of documentary and narrative filmmaking, so we are looking forward to participating in a lab that is inclusive of all different genres and formats. We are highly anticipating the informative week ahead as well as the opportunity to engage with filmmakers from across the world."

Jessie Zinn

Chase Musslewhite

Goals at Works In Progress Lab: 

"As a first time feature filmmakers, we are grateful for the opportunity to take place int the WIP program and receive input that will be invaluable for the film's future trajectory and lifespan. Our hopes for the project are to secure post-production funding for editing, as well as in the post-production realm for colour grading and sound design. We aim to premiere the film internationally in 2020, so we hope to work with a sales agent that can help strategise our festival schedule. Our goal is to work with a creative sales and distribution team that is experienced in the promotion of creative documentary projects to best distribute the film both locally and internationally."