Over labor day weekend, I was given an incredible opportunity to attend the 2010 Telluride Film Festival. I had applied for the festival's exclusive Student Symposium program in April, offering the chance for 50 college students to experience the festival first-hand. At first, I only made the waiting list and figured I wouldn't be going. But oh, does fate works in mysterious ways. It wasn't until 5 days before the festival did I know that I was going! A moment of shear joy turned into complete panic - How am I going to get there? Where am I going to stay?
The entire trip is detailed in a blog I wrote (below). Thank you so much to all the staff for being some of the kindest people I've ever met, and going above and beyond to accommodate me. All of the kids in the program, you were amazing, and I look forward to starting our new friendship. The best way I can personally thank all of you is through my art, so I've complied this video in the hopes that we'll never forgot how this incredible weekend changed our lives.
Loss and fear as seen through the war-torn eyes of a young boy. "eclipse" is set during World War 2, but there is a tragic relevance to this story today, as so many children are the innocent victims of wars and immigration happening all around the world. "eclipse" captures this in stark black & white without a word of dialogue. (16mm, B&W)
"eclipse" premiered 1995 Telluride Film Festival. It then went onto win 'Gold Prize' at the 1996 Student Academy Awards, 'Top Prize' at the 1996 Independent Film Channel Student Showcase Awards, showed at the Castro Theater during the 1996 San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, and many other festivals.
In 2016, the Academy of Motion Pictures & New York University fully restored "eclipse", using the original 16mm negative and audio DAT tape. "eclipse" is now available for theatrical viewing (2K DCP).
Jewish Film Institute - "In ECLIPSE a child survivor wanders barefoot across a stunningly evocative landscape. Director Jason Ruscio expresses the profound loneliness of a decimated world through richly textured images that bring to mind the films of Andrei Tarkovsky – burned out interiors, hands grasping to hold each other, time-worn photographs and faceless soldiers in the snow. ECLIPSE is a remarkable meditation on the effects of war."