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Plays in Shorts Program: Oh, The Places You'll Go
Friday, June 14
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Landmark E-Street Cinema

555 11th Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

The Big Wait


Yannick Jamey


Lucy Pijnenburg, Yannick Jamey


Yannick Jamey


Lucy Pijnenburg, Yannick Jamey

Welcome to Forrest, a small town isolated in a flat and treeless desert with a population of two. Greg and Kate are there to maintain Forrest’s emergency airstrip. As they wait for an emergency landing, they keep Forrest’s one street and six vacant houses in pristine condition by mowing the green front lawns, blowing the leaves, and vacuuming the red dust. At the same time, they find themselves increasingly enjoying the inherent freedom of Forrest by indulging in more wild activities. But in the face of the uncertainty and ever looming shadow of madness, how long can they keep up this fragile balance between play and routine before something finally cracks?

Director, The Big Wait

Born in Australia, raised in France and educated in Canada, Yannick Jamey is an emerging multicultural director currently based in Sydney, Australia. His latest short, The Big Wait (SXSW, Hot Docs) is currently in its festival run. His previous titles include the 2022 short documentary Made of Light (DOC NYC, Antenna) and the 2022 experimental short Crusoe of Tin City (Flickerfest, SF Shorts Grand Jury Prize). With three more documentary shorts at various stages of production, Born Underground (Australia), The Ruin of the Earth (Ireland), and Death of a Language (Guatemala), he is quickly assembling a body of work that explores unique people and places, often drawn to the relationship between a person’s worldview and the landscape they live in.