Alison Tavel on Realizing RESYNATOR (SXSW2024) – Valerie Kalfrin interviews

When she started making the documentary Resynator, Alison Tavel imagined she’d introduce viewers to the “super-trippy” synthesizer her late father invented. But once she unpacked the device from storage, she dug up family secrets, such as his depression and insecurities. “There was a moment when I thought I should stop filming,” she said, recalling hearing of her dad’s troubles for the first time. “The narrative was way more personal than I was intending it to be. … [I thought,] ‘I don’t need to show the whole world this.’” She was so unsettled, she phoned her mom, then thought about it some more, realizing, “Maybe this is the story I need to tell.”
Resynator debuted at the 2024 SXSW Film Festival, winning an Audience Award for Feature Documentary.

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RESYNATOR (SXSW2024) – Review by Valerie Kalfrin

At one point in the documentary Resynator, Grammy-winning producer Christian Castagno and two musicians noodle around with the titular device—a type of synthesizer that filmmaker Alison Tavel’s late father invented. The three start to jam in a home studio as Tavel watches, trying a beat one created with just his voice. He riffs into a mike, and Castagno toys with a few dials on the Resynator, the rhythm becoming electronic, funky, powerful.

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HOW IT ENDS (Sundance2021) – Review by Pamela Powell

Hats off to Zoe Lister-Jones and husband Daryl Wein for writing, directing, and completing a funny, off-beat film during the Covid pandemic. Lister-Jones also stars in the film as Liza who is planning how she will spend her last day on Earth as three asteroids will be destroying the planet later that night. As we have all learned during a crisis, there’s a rush on certain things.

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