A builder+designer couple traces the lineage of a mysterious object. Along the way, they reflect on the allure of obsolete tools, take stock of how far we've come as a society, and ask what has been lost and gained in the process.

  • Larry Schiller
    Key Cast
  • Charlie Schiller
    Key Cast
  • Christopher Boulton
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  • Runtime:
    7 minutes 44 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    September 15, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    4,500 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Shooting Format:
    Black Magic Pocket Cinema Camera
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  • 8th Soo Film Festival
    Sault Ste. Marie, MI
    United States
    September 18, 2021
    Official Selection
  • 3rd Sands Film Festival
    Jacksonville Beach, FL
    United States
    October 1, 2021
    Official Selection
  • 15th Jacksonville Film Festival
    United States
    February 4, 2022
    Official Selection
  • 3rd Dunedin International Film Festival
    United States
    January 13, 2022
    Official Selection
  • 29th Brouhaha Film & Video Showcase
    November 20, 2021
    Official Selection
  • 13th Festival Angaelica
    Pasadena, CA
    United States
    December 21, 2021
    Official Selection
  • 12th Love Your Shorts Film Festival
    United States
    February 10, 2022
    Official Selection
  • 15th Gasparilla International Film Festival
    United States
    March 12, 2022
    Official Selection
  • 17th Sunscreen Film Festival
    St. Petersburg
    United States
    May 1, 2022
    Winner - Best Short Documentary
  • 7th Blackbird Film Festival
    Cortland, NY
    United States
    May 19, 2022
    Official Selection
  • 21st Miami Short Film Festival
    United States
    November 11, 2022
  • 14th Naples International Film Festival
    Naples, FL
    United States
    October 27, 2022
    Official Selection
  • 12th Amsterdam Lift-Off Film Festival
    October 9, 2022
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Christopher Boulton

Dr. Boulton has produced for Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, Discovery Channel, Travel Channel, and Court TV. His films on sports, science, dance, and memory have screened at over a hundred venues all over the world and won awards from the Orlando, DocsMX, Thomas Edison, Sunscreen, CineGlobe, and Melbourne Documentary film festivals.

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Director Statement

I’ve always been intrigued by the layered patinas of weathered materials and the obscure origins of obsolete objects. So, when I first visited Schiller’s Architectural & Design Salvage, it was like walking into a colorful and richly textured menagerie of extinct tools and untold stories. I was soon drawn to the stubborn spirit of an old industrial cart. It's rusty wheels, gnarled wooden flatbed, and corroded copper pumping mechanism were battered and worn, but still worked. One of the ironies of contemporary consumer society is that many so-called “durable goods,” are not durable at all. And while the constant consumption cycle of planned obsolescence may be good for the economy, it’s clearly bad for the environment and, perhaps less clearly, bad for the soul. When a tool is built with enough care and craft to span across generations, they become heirlooms linking us to our past and future--helping us to better understand both our selves and our place in the world.