Remnants of Memory

Remnants of Memory


Best Short Documentary
Beverly Hills Film Festival
California, USA

Best Short Documentary
Gulf of Naples Independent Film Festival
Naples, Italy

Best Cinematography
South Dakota Film Festival
South Dakota, USA

Sense of Place Award
UN-Habitat Better Cities Film Festival
Katowice, Poland

Best Short Film
Master of Art Film Festival
Sofia, Bulgaria

Remnants of Memory

Fine Art Photographer Charles Johnstone explores the vivid canals and ancient passageways of Venice, Italy in search of a new book project. A meditation on artistry and craft, “Remnants of Memory” celebrates beauty in the overlooked, anonymous objects we pass every day.

Remnants of Memory was screened at the 11th Session of the World Urban Forum in Katowice Poland June 26-30, 2022. Organized and convened by UN-Habitat, the World Urban Forum has become the world’s largest and most important conference on urban issues. It is held every two years, and attracts thousands of participants including ministers, mayors, policy makers, academics, activists, artists and journalists. UN-Habitat is a United Nations programme working towards a better urban future. It promotes transformative change in cities and human settlements through knowledge, policy advice, technical assistance and collaborative action to leave no one and no place behind.

Additional Info

Producers / Director
Michael Arlen Davis
Jyll Johnstone

Producer/ Editor
Sherry Daniel

Christian Figueroa
Federico Rodelli

Original Score
James Everett

Charles Johnstone
Martino Mardersteig

Running Time

Ischia Laurel

Festival Screenings

DC Independent Film Forum
Washington, D.C. – March 5, 2022

Master of Art Film Festival
Sofia, Bulgaria – April 13 & 16, 2022

Myrtle Beach International Film Festival
Myrtle Beach, S.C. – April 20, 2022

Julien Dubuque International Film Festival
Dubuque, IA – April 22 & 24, 2022

Arizona International Film Festival
Tucson, AZ – May 1, 2022

Gulf of Naples Independent Film Festival
Naples, Italy – May 27, 2022

Beverly Hills Film Festival
Beverly Hills, CA – June 2, 2022

UN-Habitat Better Cities Film Festival
Katowice, Poland – June 28, 2022

Ischia Global Fest
Ischia, Italy – July 13, 2022

Ferrara Film Festival (Finalist)
Ferrara, Italy – September 10-17, 2022

South Dakota Film Festival
Aberdeen, SD – September 18, 2022

Caorle Independent Film Festival
Caorle, Italy – September 22-24, 2022

Monadnock International Film Festival
Keene, NH – September 27-October 6, 2022

Arquiteturas Film Festival
Porto, Portugal – September 29, 2022

Charlotte Film Festival
Charlotte, NC – September 28-October 2, 2022 TBD

Santa Cruz Film Festival
Santa Cruz, CA – October 9, 2022

Raleigh Film & Art Festival 
Raleigh, NC – October 9, 2022

San Diego Italian Film Festival
San Diego, CA – Oct 14, 2022

Newport Beach Film Festival
Newport Beach, CA – October 16, 2022



”[Remnants of Memory] was a wow for me…I absolutely loved every bit of it. As a lover of photography myself and someone who has traveled to Venice, it was so moving to see the beautiful city in a new light, a new perspective. Seeing the level of detail that goes into creating a book on photography was really something.”

– Taylor Montalto, Programming Director Charlotte Film Festival

“I just watched Remnants of Memory. It was beautiful and I had never watched a book being made. I loved the music, the sound of the water, watching Charlie navigate the corridors. I remember seeing the kiosks but never saw them as did Charlie. I hope you are proud of this film.”

– Dr. Nadine Brinton, DC