not even for a moment do things stand still

NOT EVEN FOR A MOMENT DO THINGS STAND STILL is 15 minutes of collective grief. It is one of the most powerful short films I’ve ever had the privilege to experience. And it is precisely that, an experience.

-Reel News Daily

This quietly moving film left me unexpectedly misty. A 15 minute observational documentary chronicling the reaction to an art exhibition involving white flags on the National Mall. Each flag represents a life lost to Covid. At the time of the exhibition it represented over 700,000 deaths. Even if you think you are immune to being moved you will be.

-Unseen Films

Meltzer manages to let the viewer bear witness to an intimate moment for grieving family members, while also maintaining their privacy. Meltzer’s approach makes for stunning storytelling. It is artful, contemplative and allows the viewer to feel they are unobtrusively engaged.

-Assemble Magazine

In a simple yet profoundly moving way, not even for a moment do things stand still allows us to sincerely reflect on the lives we have lost over the past two years. The poetic visual language gives us a new perspective on a sadly familiar topic of love, life and loss.

-SXSW Jury Statement

This quiet, contemplative piece holds awe-inspiring power. There was no need for commentary as the flag planters provide all the context you could ask for as a spectator. Meltzer has created a strikingly simple documentary that bears great resonance as the Pandemic shifts to an endemic nature... People’s emotions were raw, and the film brilliantly captures that in small, almost silent moments.

-Film Threat

Huntsville Station

Jamie Meltzer and Chris Filippone chose an almost metaphoric setting for their film, allowing them to capture the complexities of emotions that emanate from inmates that are released from prison. This bus station, that first store outside the jail become an incarnation of the freed men's feelings.... In that space, the film doesn't linger over a precise character and prefers to depict different emotions that go through their looks and movements... For the first time, we rediscover the feelings of a recovered life, the excitement of meeting the loved ones soon, but also the regrets, souvenirs and impressions of rediscovering a life, lost for many years.

-Champs-Elysées Film Festival, 2020

This beautiful film, deep, rare and moving, has dominated the entire selection by its painful subject and unique approach. In just 15 minutes, he comes to ask for our imagination and question us about the lives of these men so long incarcerated at this very moment when time stops at this remote bus station. This moment of transition to the exit of prison when these men will have to grasp a new, security freedom in great fragility, brings us closer to their humanity and emotions. Beautiful frames and hanging editing, made of real living paintings, are at the service of a great and beautiful idea of cinema. A real moment of grace!

-Jury Statement from Champs-Elysées Film Festival, 2020

An empathetic, simple yet profound observation at a bus station where recently released inmates gather in their first moments of freedom. It is a deep, heartbreaking, challenging film made with extreme care, respect and attention to detail. The film finds, in a corner of the US, a shared experience lived day in and day out across the country.

-Jury Statement from DOXA Film Festival, 2020