On Living in Harmony With Magical Things

By Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg

Chong Gon Byun, a multimedia artist in Brooklyn, shares an intimate look at his home, which is packed with art and whimsical objects he has collected during his travels. This short documentary is one in a series called This Must Be the Place, which explores the connections between people and their homes. The filmmakers, David Usui and Ben Wu of Lost & Found Films, explain, "At first glance, [Byun's] home appears to be that of a hoarder. But within moments you'll discover that each object is not only meticulously crafted and placed, but that their spirits serve as guides to their landlord." 


Stills from the film

The directors discuss the making of the series in a short interview with the Atlantic Video channel here, where you can see their short documentary about Prime Burger, one of the oldest burger joints in New York City, and the staff who have worked there for decades. 

For more videos by David Usui and Ben Wu, visit http://lostfoundfilms.com/.

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