BENJAMIN STILLERMAN

 

Hope You See This


Benjamin Stillerman


Official selection at the 2020 Cucalorus Film Festival

Between that accidental shoulder brush and this eye contact lasting just a second too long, the subway suddenly seems like a place to see and be seen...

Hope You See This is a short audio documentary created as part of the UnionDocs 2019 Collaborative Studio.


Hope You See This is about fleeting moments on the NYC subway that lead to Missed Connections posts on Craigslist. It predominantly follows two characters, who seem to tell two sides of the same story, as they relive their brief but charged encounters on the train.

The piece considers common fantasies around chance-romance, how desire unfolds in public space, and the pursuit of a happy ending. Missed connections ultimately leave many of us fixated, hopeful, and grasping at potential futures.