SUPER follows one of New York’s unsung heroes as he struggles to maintain an aging apartment building in a changing city. In this moving portrait, Jeffrey must reckon with the reality that some heroes have been forgotten.
Callie Rose Hanau – Director
I set out to make my first film in the spring of 2019, and asked my friend and neighbor if I could follow him for a “day in the life” of a building superintendent. What followed was the discovery that a day in Jeffrey’s life was full of so much more than I ever expected. Gentrification, poverty, and the power of memory emerged as the major themes of his story, and continue to serve as a broader allegory for the lives of many New Yorkers today.
Jeffrey and I have been neighbors for nearly five years, and struck up an easy friendship because my 100 lb dog, OB, fell in love with him. Every morning, we greet Jeffrey on our walk and he updates us with the latest neighborhood news. His stories of coaching the Inwood Little League baseball team and putting out fires at summer street fairs never cease to entertain, but the heart of our conversations is always Jeffrey’s love for the great city of New York and the people in it.
This film is my homage to a wonderful friend, neighbor, and real-life superhero.
Callie Rose Hanau is a New York City based filmmaker with proud Pittsburgh roots. An exuberant student of life, she has established herself in both the documentary and narrative worlds as a jill-of-all-trades. In addition to her work as a freelance producer, Callie often steps into the roles of director, editor, and sound recordist whenever and wherever she is needed. Her award-winning work has been showcased at festivals throughout North America.
Previously, she has collaborated with Emmy and Oscar-nominated directors like Tom Donahue, Kelly Anderson, and Debra Granik in a multitude of roles spanning from development to post production. Callie has also enjoyed creating socially-minded short documentaries through her collaborations with the talented artists at Meerkat Media. Most recently, she joined the team at Silver Spoon Animation and is excited to dive into the worlds of real-time animation and virtual production.