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Following the screening, watch a special conversation with director Pacho Velez and subject Marion Mccue De Velez moderated by AFI Festivals Director of Programming Sarah Harris.

A young man, identified as “Shaq Shaq 24,” stares intently into the camera. What is he looking at? Gradually, it becomes clear that this man — and the diverse roster of other ordinary New Yorkers who follow — is logged into a dating app account. Swipe right or swipe left? Director Pacho Velez’s omniscient camera eye watches in real time as these love-seekers make the personal match decisions that could determine the fate of their love lives. Implicating himself in the experiment, “Pacho 40” is also looking to get back in the game after the end of a long-term relationship. Teasingly interspersed are shots of couples bathed in New York’s romantic summer light. “The whole thing’s a pain in the ass,” says “Robert 75.” Now where do I sign up? –Ken Jacobson

Continue the conversation on DOCS Connect, with filmmaker in attendance to respond to your questions, here.

Pacho Velez directs nonfiction films. His previous features have played around the world, including at the New York Film Festival, the Toronto International Film Festival, and on CNN. At present, he is Assistant Professor of Screen Studies at The New School in New York City.

Pacho Velez
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Country: USA

Year: 2021

Director: Pacho Velez

Producers: Pacho Velez, Joe Poletto, Sam Roseme, Cathy Tankosic

Directors of Photography: Daniel Claridge, Martin DiCicco

Editor: Hannah Buck

Music: Danny Fox

Running Time (minutes): 80

Language: English

Accessibility: Closed Captions Available


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