Private Project

Please Forgive My Pain

A father relates to his son through poetic and taunting phone messages to gain intimacy and trust. Poetic inspiration, bald emotional honesty and gut wrenching threats of mayhem are what it takes to get the love, attention and forgiveness of a son afraid of his father's unstable mind.

  • Sheldon Schiffer
    Portraits on the Malecón, The Rise and Fall of Black Velvet Flag, Memories of Tata
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Experimental, Short
  • Runtime:
    14 minutes 33 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    October 24, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    2,331 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Dallas Video Festival
    Dallas, Texas
    United States
    October 24, 2016
    North American Premiere
Director Biography - Sheldon Schiffer

Please Forgive My Pain (2017)
Transmigration (2011)
Disclosures (2011)
Portraits on the Malecón (2011)
Nailed! (2007)
Comeuppance (2003)
The Rise and Fall of Black Velvet Flag (2003)
Memories of Tata (1994)
Dad's Last Flight (1992)

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Director Statement

Sheldon Schiffer began making fiction and documentary films at the age of 19. He studied Theater and Film production at UC Santa Cruz (B.A. Theater/Film) and UCLA (M.F.A. Film/TV Production and Directing) before he began working professionally in New York and Los Angeles in commercials, television, documentaries and interactive media. He worked on movie-of-the-week development for CBS, and production and post-production for numerous short films, commercials and industrials. Mr. Schiffer has directed seven short films, a feature fiction film and three one-hour long documentaries. Please Forgive My Pain is perhaps his most personal work, and brings awareness to the experience of adult children who survive mentally ill parents.

Currently he promotes his creative work as a film director through Mysterious Pictures and with collaborations with other production companies. He is a Professor at Georgia State University (Atlanta) where he teaches courses in film and interactive media production, acting and screenwriting for media.