On Tuesday, the New York Film Academy in Union Square invited former student and filmmaker Andrei Severny to screen his experimental feature film, Condition. His film is a meditative experimental drama set in an apocalyptic atmosphere. “We wanted to make a film with no music and no dialogue,” said Severny. “I wanted to capture the essence of cinema.” The story is a sensory battle of the two female characters – sound therapist Mary Taggert and her young, disturbed patient, Alaska. Condition premiered at the 29th Torino Film Festival and was recognized by the Gandhi Glasses award.
Born in Moscow, Russia into a family of astronomers, Severny spent his early childhood in Egypt. In Russia, his early published and exhibited works included series of stills at publications such as Monitor, Vogue, Elle, and The Wall Street Journal.
In 2004, Andrei moved to New York City, where he eventually took up filmmaking at New York Film Academy. He recalled his time at NYFA and the benefits of being exposed to hands-on filmmaking from day one.
“NYFA was tremendously beneficial. Use this time as well as you can. It’s really not that easy to put a team together after school – you don’t have that structure. A lot of friends will stay with you for years to come.”
Andrei is currently working on a new feature, in which he hopes to explore more of a narrative form.