signals: where do we go from here?

Our daily rituals are haunted by absence. signals: where do we go from here? imagines our private ghosts interrupting those routines. Do we hear their signals or are we too absorbed in the monotony of motion to notice? The film explores how temporal disruptions affect space and public routines.

  • Shayna Connelly
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short, Other
  • Runtime:
    5 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    January 1, 2015
  • Production Budget:
    500 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Big Muddy Film Festival

    February 26, 2015
    North American Premiere
  • Athens International Film and Video Festival
    Athens, OH
    April 6, 2015
  • South London Shorts
    London, England
    March 23, 2016
    UK Premiere
  • Oak Cliff Film Festival
    Oak Cliff, Texas
    June 13, 2015
    Cinema 16 screening
  • Anywhere But Here
    Richmond, VA
    March 28, 2016
  • NonPlussed Festival
    Los Angeles, CA
    June 19, 2016
  • North Portland Unknown Film Festival
    Curated online screening
  • Amarcord Arthouse Televison and Video Festival
    Chicago, IL
    United States
  • London Experimental Film Festival
    United Kingdom
    October 17, 2016
  • Berlin Experimental Film Festival
    December 17, 2016
    German Premiere
  • Autobahn by STUFF MX
    Latin American Premiere
Distribution Information
  • Berlin Experimental Film Festival Online Library
    Country: Germany
Director Biography - Shayna Connelly

Shayna Connelly’s work explores hauntings, liminality and the boundaries between documentary, experimental and fiction filmmaking. Her early work screened at Heaven Gallery, The Milwaukee Art Museum and the Contemporary Art Museum in St. Louis. Her most recent work has screened at IC Docs, CIMMfest, Reel Shorts, Big Muddy Film Festival, Columbus International Film Festival, Charlotte International Film Festival, Ann Arbor Film Festival and Athens International Film and Video Festival among others. She is in post-production for a ghost story, ‘Quiver’, shot in December, 2017 and slated for release in fall. Newcity Magazine named her one of Chicago's 50 Screen Gems of 2016.

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Director Statement

Whether ghosts are real can be debated - and everyone has an opinion or a story- but hauntings are unequivocally real. We carry loss, regret and collective traumas within us. Horror films reference the uncanny, or 'the familiar made strange'. Daily routines are so ingrained in our psyche, that we lose sight of our surroundings and even ourselves, creating uncanniness within us. When something breaks our routine it piques our attention and renders the environment otherworldly and slightly off-kilter.

SIGNALS: WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE? is a visual poem about the intrusion of a haunting presence into the settings where we operate on auto-pilot. Maybe the routine hypnotizes us, making us susceptible to our unconscious fears. The hypnotizing effects of ritual can also prevent us from registering new sensations. What will you notice on your way home?