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The Other Side of the Picture

The Other Side of the Picture

"The Other Side of the Picture" is based on the life of my father, Steven Shrem, as he tries to achieve his dream of becoming a famous artist. This film expresses the difference between who I thought my father was, Steven, and the person he has become, �Stephan�. Mentor: Kermit Cole.


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Isaac Shrem

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very touching a sad peace... extremely personal and i think that more information could be added to make it into a longer plot! good job :)

samantha  |  July 29, 2007

An intense and poignant examination of the life of an artist. I enjoyed the music especially as well as the variety of interviews offered. My favorite part, however, was the shot of the closing of the garage door taken from inside the garage. It shows a great deal of thought went into the cinematography.

John Autz  |  June 18, 2007

i liked the art work use of imagery, the story line was very capturing.

lawrence  |  June 18, 2007

this was a personal movie....very cn acctually feeel what he's going actually made me cry! GREAT JOB<3

aimee  |  June 17, 2007

It owns like butter on toast!

Lydia  |  June 17, 2007

Very emotional and I feel very connected to your situation through the film.

Tanya  |  June 16, 2007

wow...very strong, moving video. certainly touched me.

nelson  |  June 16, 2007

awesome! i saw this last year, and its touching, since i had a similar situation. lol. best wishes! hope u make it big! honestly, its a really nice video.

Tiffany  |  June 16, 2007

Great Movie, loved the cinematography, and the opening scene. Great Directing! 5 Stars!

Dylan Gottesman  |  June 16, 2007

A well told story,indeed.

Soni Saxena  |  June 15, 2007

i know what your going through man... and your showing that your a strong person to do soemthing like this and that others should be just as strong

mark  |  June 14, 2007

Wow. That was truly deep.

jelten  |  June 14, 2007

Great job! This is a nice personal video. I found myself waiting to find out where your father was for most of the piece and I'm not sure if the suspense worked for or against your video. The ending was executed well and will stick with me. Thanks for sharing your personal story!

Emily Bennison  |  June 14, 2007

great movie. isaac shrem is someone to watch for! can not even beleive this film was made by a 16 year old. great talant for the arts. must see and more

sharon 4  |  June 09, 2007

One of the best documentaries I have ever witnessed. It was raw with emotion and personal touch. The filmmaker is a visionary before his time.

Luke  |  June 08, 2007

This was a sensitive topic and well told using the resources available. bravo

Arthi Chandrasekaran  |  June 08, 2007

"The Other Side of the Picture" is a truly beautiful film. The emotion is raw, the filming is great. It is a mesmerizing, romantic story without the transparency of Disney. We don't know what will happen, and there is no predictable 'happy ending' assured, but I came out of the film hoping, as everyone probably did, that Isaac finds his father, and gets his questions answered. Truly a great job; I wish Isaac the best of luck.

Susan  |  June 08, 2007

hey, i'm really sorry. be strong, & know that it took a lot of courage to make your life into a film.

Julie  |  June 08, 2007

great documentary, really touches the heart, the reality of the situation is displayed very well

David Schwartz  |  June 08, 2007

well edited and emotional

sammy  |  June 08, 2007

This film was very interestig. i felt that it came from the maker's heart and it made it all the more interesting and unique.

Danna Weintroub  |  June 08, 2007

this film made me cry the music, the words, the pictures and the way it was all put together gave me the chills.

Analyse  |  June 08, 2007

It really is a personal film. For someone to put his life and feelings out there for the world to see, shows courage.

Diana  |  June 08, 2007

this movie was filmed very well.. and it can inspire kids in the same position and isaac do a film about there parents to one thing i would never get board of is family documetry.its interesting about the persons history,you never know what will happen next.

maurice  |  June 08, 2007

yo man that was insanly complex with the whole steven stephen thing! crazy!

david  |  June 08, 2007

An astoundingly well made movie about a truly tragic tale.

Alex  |  June 07, 2007

Great documentary for such a young filmmaker. He shows a command for the narative, and it is nice to see that he is not afraid to dive deep into the issue, even though it is so personal and upseting.

Phil E  |  June 05, 2007

its ok

brian  |  June 04, 2007

I"m glad to see your making the best of this tragedy. i know that making this film you have let in others to your life but i hope it has helped you in the sense that it was theraputic...

daniela  |  June 03, 2007

Omg can i give you a hug! that was so touching i cried and it gave me the chills! and i really loved his art really my sytle and like the colors =)

Marina K  |  June 03, 2007

the best line of this movie... "im 18 again"... your mom should have punched him in the face... that would have made this film!

kfir  |  June 03, 2007

Touching story very well done.

Mika  |  June 03, 2007

The fascinating dichotomy of the life of "the artist" is explored in this film, the story of the unfinished journey of an artist (or two? Or perhaps THREE). Indeed, it is difficult to pin down a main character. Is it Steven Shrem, or is he mainly the catalyst for the dilemma of the true subject, Isaac? Or, indeed, is Stephan Shrem worthy of note as a third character, a foreign entity who cuts the family bonds between father and son? It is fascinating to watch not only the development of the father as an artist (and its seemingly inverse relation to his family connection), but also the development of the son as an artist in the discipline of film (and the seemingly DIRECT relationship between love for his father and artistic growth). The film is a window into the soul of its director, who in a painful bit of irony dedicates it to his father. It also serves to highlight the nature of an artist's life: often it is only pain that can breed inspiration, and it is no coincidence that the elusive "Stephan" is in many ways the quintessential artist that Steven always wanted to be. The use of audio-visual stimulus strongly connects the viewer's memory to the movie through sensual perception. The film includes a hauntingly personal, monophonic melody, played on the guitar that Isaac's dad taught him to play. Truly, I couldn't get that melody out of my head for several days after watching.

Alex Schindler  |  June 02, 2007

I loved the movie - it had a great beginning and a very sad but powerful ending. You are very talented and I do remember seeing your fathers Art Work.

Susan  |  June 02, 2007

i never thought that kids could make such compelling documentaries at such a young age?! you did a great job and im sure your father would be very proud to see you taking a negative story and making something positve out of it

eli  |  June 02, 2007

a touching story isaac you have a lot of talent i wish you luck on your journy to find your father.

ben  |  June 02, 2007

a truly tragic story of father and son. the way you told the story helped me to actually feel the bond grow as it progressed.

ozlem  |  June 02, 2007

they way it opened with the storage bin and closed with storage bin was a great way to tell the story you have a future in editing one day

rebecca  |  June 02, 2007

your film was very inspiring it reminded me about my dad and mom getting divorced. it was sad but it showed a lot of maturity

sage  |  June 02, 2007

crazy story love the way you depicted the alternate personas and related it to the "shremagraphs"

kenny  |  June 02, 2007

i loved it and it brought a tear to my eye. your a very strong minded person and very artistic keep it up !

rachel  |  June 02, 2007

i liked the artwork and the characters. the story was filled with emotion and love the Jewish mom and grandma it was awesome !

arielle  |  June 02, 2007

great movie loved it good way to make a documentary and about his life

beans  |  June 01, 2007

ye awesome movie isaac ur the stuff that's good to watch

beans  |  June 01, 2007

a touching story that has helped appreciate what i have in life. the way you portrayed the two sides of things whether it was steven/stephen or the two sides to those pictures or even the twin tours in the beginning... it was just all set up really well and is a fascinating story. also it was extremely well edited the sound could use some work but i love the pay the pictures worked with what you said and love the storage bin opening at the beginning and closing at the end. truly great

jack  |  June 01, 2007

Very powerful video!

Jack Maged  |  June 01, 2007

the narriator of this film sounds very mature. it was great! love the art

orel  |  May 30, 2007

Good job. The editing is really successful and helps move the narrative forward smoothly. The photos are really great, and do a lot to enhance the audio that we hear. Visually, I would suggest pushing yourself to find interesting backdrops for some of the interviews, and to use natural light whenever possible. Plus, I thought it would have been interesting to hear more from your mother about what it was like to raise you on her own, to hear about her response to your father's behavior, and his departure. But all in all, a great piece.

David Sutcliffe  |  May 30, 2007

this short film was fantastic i hope he makes a longer version it was great keep up the good work

ikey  |  May 29, 2007

There are so many thought that come to mind about this movie. I think the thing that sticks out most about it, though, is how real it is. I really felt as if, for a few brief moments, I was Isaac. I fell that the emotions were fantastically projected to the audience in this film.

Genna  |  May 29, 2007

takes alot of guts 2 do sumtin like this. this video put together so well i felt almost as if it were me this were happening to

sammy Missry  |  May 29, 2007

I have one thing to say about this film,i loved it and there was not one moment were i did not feel all the emotions coming from isaac's was touching and ill admit it,yes it made me teary eyed...isaac, you're a great friend and i love you dearly,continue doing wat you do best =]

Rachel =]  |  May 29, 2007

excellent - touching - can't wait to see the next

larry  |  May 28, 2007

this is my big brothes movie and it brings back memories. i thought the way my big brother made this was very interesting. i was very young at the time and didnt understand much at what was going on but my big brother opened my eyes to it and im gratful to him. i am much less confused then i was before. I love him and my dady very much.

sally  |  May 28, 2007

a good insight on your parents life and a good use of still pictures to coincide with the narrator. Great colors and fast moving in the shots.

sharon  |  May 28, 2007

This film is very heart-warming and it really made me appreciate things. Considering that it was based on a true story, it really made me ponder about how I should be greatful about my family. "The Other Side of the Picture" is definately a documentary worth watching.

Brandee  |  May 27, 2007

Wow...this film really hit the heart. It was so great that i really wanted to cry. It's so sad. The way it was put together made a major impact on how people will feel towards you and your dad. I really think Isaac did a great job in editing it and putting it together. I've seen his other films and he really does a great job with all of them. Good luck, man with more in the future.

Michelle  |  May 27, 2007

this movie really put my life in perspective . i am a happy man now .

charlie isaacs  |  May 27, 2007

For some reason, I still feel like there's hope. Isaac's search would make such a great film!

Radmila  |  May 27, 2007

this film is very inspiring, the symbolism of the paints really got to me. The way the film maker had the film begin and end with the opening and closing of the storage bin was very powerful.

Louise  |  May 27, 2007

This film is amazing. Isaac Shrem uses his incredible filming technique and facts about his life to create an amazing documentary. I love it.

Tara  |  May 27, 2007

This film captivated me. I really loved this film. It was very intense in the way that it was presented. The hardship and struggle of a young boy growing up without his father is wondefully interpreted into this magnificent film.

sam  |  May 26, 2007

Again, and again I am awed by this director's work. A real story that makes me wonder and contemplate deeply. This was a awesome movie. I hope for the director to eventually find his father, and good luck doing so in your emotional journey.

Benny  |  May 26, 2007

beautiful film

Florence  |  May 26, 2007

This film really shows Isaac's dedication to finding his father. Chasing your goals is something Isaac's is passionate about and it is truely shown throughout this film, as well as his other works!

Melissa  |  May 26, 2007

Isaac Shrem is on his way to a very successful directing life. The movie which depicted the effect on him after his father's random runaway was brilliantly shot. For an amateur this movie not shows his devotion to film making but also the ability to think of an interesting and moving topic. 2 thumbs up.

Daniel Akivis  |  May 26, 2007

The idea of which emotions "The Other Side of the Picture" makes you feel is as ambiguous and mysterious as Steven/Stephan Shrem himself. The most obvious outcome of the film is the tradgedy, the story of a man who could never find his place in this life, who forever seemed to be looking for something that wasn't there. But then we are also confronted with the underlying theme of undying love. Even ignoring Stephan Shrem's passion for his work, one so strong that it could only belong to an artist, the viewer cannot overlook the viewpoint of his son, the filmmaker, Isaac Shrem. Isaac had every reason in the world to despise Stephan, yet this son's love for his father is so strong that it continues to guide him to this day. When I watched this film my first time (though it certainly was not my last), my heart almost broke as the dedication was given to "My Father."

Steven Velelis  |  May 26, 2007

This is a touching and inspiring video. A young man in search of his father. We clearly see how much his father means to him. Lots of emotional effort put into this video.

George T  |  May 26, 2007

From this movie, I really learned a lot about Isaac and his personal life. i felt really connected to this movie. LOVE YOU ISAAC!!!

michelle  |  May 26, 2007

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