Bob & Dale
NARRATIVE | 10 – 15 MIN. | OLDER ADULTS, HEALTH CHALLENGES, LGBTQ+, CAREGIVERS
An elderly gay couple living off the grid in the Rocky Mountains finds a deeper love when dementia threatens their independence.
But What Does It Mean?
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Even when we feel that we have a sense of a film’s meaning, there is often more to uncover.
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In the film, Bob becomes transfixed by visions of a bull elk, which he seemingly identifies with. In thinking about your current situation, try to think of an animal with which you identify. Then draw it from a reference image online. What are the qualities of this animal that you find relatable?
Meet the Filmmaker
ABOUT THE FILMMAKER
David Rosfeld is a Canadian/American writer and director based in Brooklyn, New York. His work spans traditional narrative, documentary, experimental and hybrid forms and has been awarded or officially selected by the Berlinale, the Gotham Awards, the National Board of Review, the Screen Actors Guild and the Tribeca Institute, among others. His 2019 short film Bob & Dale, which was executive produced by Howard Rosenman (Call Me By Your Name) and Robert Hawk (Trick), premiered at Palm Springs International ShortFest and was acquired by Focus Features for distribution. He is the recipient of production grants from the New York City Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment and the Panavision New Filmmaker Program. His feature length screenplays Manitou Springs and Tampa are in development at White Rose Productions, where he is a founding partner. He holds an MFA in Directing from the Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema.
WHY THEY MADE THE FILM
“Over the past few years, I have often found myself tired and depressed, waking up every morning to the screaming, polarized headlines of our media culture. The more complicated reality of how we share our lives together and create community isn’t being expressed. “Bob & Dale” represents a story I knew to be true, but that I wasn’t seeing, a story that in a small way embraces the long term commitments we make to each other, the fragility of our lives and the underlying strength in our communities that may sometimes be just below the surface.”
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