Private Project


November, 2021. Gunbarrel, Colorado. A brief glimpse into the life of the Novak family told thru minimal, poetic, stark black and white. "Unobtrusive" focuses mainly on the father (Tm Novak) as he works to make meaning of his art thru capturing and distilling the world around him. That world of course features his wife (Laura Novak) and two year old daughter (Margot Novak). It is an ensemble piece as much as it is a meditation in solitude.

  • Tm Dan Novak
  • Tm Dan Novak
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Experimental, Short, Other
  • Genres:
    Drama, slow cinema, creative nonfiction, documentary, autobiography, micro-budget, diy
  • Runtime:
    37 minutes 50 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    November 30, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    25 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Film Color:
    Black & White
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Director Biography - Tm Dan Novak

Thinker, dabbler, dilettante at large.
Poet, filmmaker, musician, writer. Works diligently as a librarian when he's not making shorts, spending time with his family, and dabbling a little here in there in a bit of everything.

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Director Statement

For 'Unobtrusive' my main mission was to see if I could use my limitations to my advantage. no cast, crew, budget, script or time to make anything worth making. So I turned inward and to what was at arm's reach. Using the techniques learned from slow cinema and cinema verite, I went about capturing what was right in front of me. A simple concept, a simple conceit, but a great and rewarding process.