Potuk: Artists, homeless inspired making of BUTTERFLY

BUTTERFLY was one of the films that screened at the “Begin Again” block at the 2017 Queens World Film Festival. Here is a synopsis of the film:

The story is about an artist who befriends a down-on-his-luck man in the park. It has echoes of both scriptures and fairy/folk tales. But the main message of the film, is that there is inherent magic in kindness.

After the screening, director Serife Potuk talked about her motivation for making this film:

I had so many inspirations to make this film. Homeless people. Artists. Art. Nature. Street artists. People. Homeless people was mostly the inspiration, though. In our small city, when you turn the corner, you’re seeing dancers, singers, painters, and you’re also see homeless people. I wanted to make a connection between them. Artists, they are living on the streets on the day. Homeless people live on the streets all day.

Read more about BUTTERFLY on its Facebook page.

Serife Potuk

Director Serife Potuk (left) and actor Don Cato (right)

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