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2022 / 1 minute / Short / Ryland Walker Knight


A barista once said, “You’re going all in on books.” So I leaned into it and devised a paean to the act of holding a book to read. It’s an intimate relationship to a rather inanimate object. (But it’s a fetish object, too; I mean, trees died.) The different smells of paper and ink and dust, the creak of the floorboards. You’re browsing for a book in a breathing room. This piece is an invitation to dream that space into existence—as a dream. Somewhat linear but not, brazen copy you might call a poem, a sonic realm come alive in space, a portrait of a space, a place, a business yes, but also conceptual from the miniature on in, we’re bringing you into a book, many books.

Hopefully this piece inspires a trip to the store. Or whatever store close to you that you love. There’s thankfully still new ones opening up, but I approached Paul at Walden Pond about this idea because I can always remember the store featuring in the trips to the movies down the street with my dad and later with both lucky and unlucky friends.

Many thanks to the killer crew who pulled off a lot of fun stuff.


Writer/Director // Ryland Walker Knight

Creative Director //
Sean Gillane

Executive Producer + Producer // Chris Walters

Cast - Narrator //
Esmé Weijun Wang

Customer //
Tracy Nguyen

Director of Photography // 
Peggy Peralta

Gaffer //
Matt Stouppe

Art Director //
Amanda Beane

Asst. Director //
Andrew Juncker

1st AC //
Annie Li

2nd AC //
Brandon Smith

Best Boy Electric //
Marc Lenahan

Key Grip //
Ryan Moore

Best Boy Grip //
Jon Sun

Grip //
DeVron Randle

Additional Photography //
Seng Chen

Additional 1st AC //
Anthony Rosario

Production Asst. //
Maxine Day Johnson

Edit+VFX //

Sound Designer + Re-recording Mixer //
Matthew Tammariello