LET THEM HAVE THEIR WAY
Winner: QUEENS WORLD FILM FESTIVAL GODDARD CINEMA AWARD
Cast: Guy William Gane III, Adah Hagen, Doug Hendershott III, Ashley Christopher Leach, Elizabeth Oddy, Evgeniya Radilova
Crew: Producers: Ryan Monolopolus – Screenwriters: Dien Vo
Three couples search for connection and meaning in an angry, anxious, and polarized world. Uniquely combining a surreal narrative with hundreds of found footage clips, the film takes viewers on a journey through the sights and sounds of consumerism, advertising, and self-help culture. The result is a highly innovative, hybrid remix film blending fiction and documentary while pushing the limits of Fair Use as rarely seen before.
Dien is a filmmaker and educator based in Queens, NY and Great Barrington, MA, USA. He is a professor of film and media arts at Bard College at Simon’s Rock, and Board Chair at the Post Growth Institute. His debut feature film, “Let Them Have Their Way” (2020), is a collaboration with approximately 400 participants in 50 locations throughout Western New York, New York City, and Blacksburg, Virginia.