This film will explore the emotional power that objects have over us personally and collectively. SHOW ME THE PAST IS REAL will be an interweaving visual essay that shows the ways we connect to our past by choosing the things that represent us and carry our legacy into the future.
Charlie Tyrell is a Canadian filmmaker whose work has screened at festivals such as Sundance, SXSW, TIFF, Hot Docs, DOC NYC, Tribeca, and many more. Additionally, his work has been presented online on the New York Times’ Op-Docs platform as well as The Atlantic, Vimeo Staff Picks, CBC Gem, Short of the Week, and Topic. His autobiographical short, My Dead Dad’s Porno Tapes, was shortlisted for the 2019 Academy Awards and won the Canadian Screen Award for best documentary short as well as the Cinema Eye Honors Award. His subsequent film, Broken Orchestra, screened at Sundance 2020 and won awards at the Florida Film Festival and the Philadelphia Film Festival. Friends have described his work as “funny with a bit of sadness on the fringes” and he has taken an oath not to eat another hot dog until the Toronto Blue Jays win the World Series.