Synopsis: Truth or Consequences” is a speculative documentary about time and how we weave the past into the present and our possible future. Set in the small desert town of Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, the film takes place in the shadow of the world’s first commercial Spaceport. Subtly set in a near future when space travel has begun, the film follows five residents in the town.
Anchored in observational documentary footage filmed over three years, the film weaves together archival footage, experimental virtual reality worlds, an improvised score by Bill Frisell and a speculative premise based on current events – a launch site for commercial space travel outside of town. These intertwine to create a lyrical meditation on progress, history, and how we navigate a sense of loss within ourselves and a changing world.
Hannah Jayanti (director, producer, writer, cinematographer, editor, sound) is a documentary filmmaker, organizer, and educator. She’s dedicated to changing the way we listen to each other through the art of nonfiction.
Her work has screened at festivals and institutions including the Smithsonian, Rotterdam, Sheffield, Dok Leipzig, The New Yorker Festival, Maysles Documentary Center, UnionDocs, Museum of the Moving Image, Camden International Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival Storyscapes, among others. Her work has been supported by Sundance Institute, Sundance Edit & Story Lab, Tribeca Film Institute, New York Council on the Arts, New York Foundation for the Arts, Jerome Foundation, The Knight Foundation, among others.
Her organizing work includes co-creating spaces that model anti-capitalist practices while creating surprising futures, including Meteoric which is a free and public arts & film festival in the town of Truth or Consequences, and IDD which is a non-hierarchical and growing group of independent documentary directors. As an educator she’s focused on free and low cost media training and literacy through community media and public access. More at www.hannahjayanti.com.