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Directed by Diane Bell
Produced by Chris Byrne
Ken Morris
Matthew Medlin
Sheri Davani
Written by Diane Bell
Starring Michael Piccirilli
Gaynor Howe
Frank Hoyt Taylor
Chris Byrne
Kim Beuche
Michael Blackman Beck
Linda Walton
Grant Mathis
Music by Liam Howe
Cinematography Zak Mulligan
Edited by John-Michael Powell
Release date
  • January 22, 2010 (2010-01-22) (Sundance)
Country United States
Language English

Obselidia is a 2010 American drama film written and directed by Diane Bell, starring Michael Piccirilli, Gaynor Howe and Frank Hoyt Taylor. The film won two awards at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival: the Excellence in Cinematography award and the Alfred P. Sloan Prize.[1]


On his quest to catalogue soon obsolete occupations, George (Piccirilli) a librarian joins forces with a silent film projectionist (Howe), and together they journey to Death Valley to interview a maverick scientist (Hoyt Taylor) who is predicting the imminent end of the world.



The influential film critic Todd McCarthy wrote in Variety that it was "gentle, intelligent, gorgeously made and utterly eccentric."[2] It was widely acclaimed for its "sheer beauty"[3] and for being "a true original."[4]


  • Excellence in Cinematography. Sundance 2010 Film Festival[5]
  • Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize. Sundance 2010 Film Festival[6]
  • Juried Best Feature. Ashland Independent Film Festival 2010
  • Alfed P. Sloan 2010 Grantees. TFI Sloan Filmmaker Fund 2010.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Sundance Film Festival Winners 2010" (PDF). www.sundancefilmfestival.com. Retrieved 2010-10-15. 
  2. ^ McCarthy, Todd. "Review: Obselidia". Variety. 
  3. ^ Rastegar, Roya. "Favorites from the 2010 Sundance Film Festival". Huffington Post. 
  4. ^ Hoyle, Martin. "Edinburgh Film Festival". Financial Times. 
  5. ^ Fleming, Mike. "Sundance Award Winners". Deadline. 
  6. ^ MacClintock, Pamela. "'Obselidia' Wins Sundance Sloan Prize". Variety. 

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Preceded by
Alfred P. Sloan Prize Winner
Succeeded by
Another Earth