How to Steal a Chair
TYPE: Documentary Feature
A meditation on passion and lost dreams, this modern Greek tale follows a celebrated design educator and collector as he struggles to salvage his legacy.
Stergios Delialis is a 72 year-old Greek designer, collector and educator buried under the weight of his lost dream: the Thessaloniki Design Museum, which made an international splash and then died a slow and peculiar death in the 1990s. He is also buried under the weight of his enormous design collection, once the core of his museum and now defunct and too costly to maintain amidst the financial crisis.The film follows Stergios as he realizes he has become a ghost in his own life and contemplates parting with his collection. Meanwhile, he undertakes to produce a retrospective of his own design work in the building of his “lost” museum.
I have wanted to make a film about Stergios Delialis and his lost museum for years, but I was never interested in telling a straight story of who did what (and who is to blame). What attracted me to the subject was that Stergios himself is a state of mind: An inspiring, unrelenting, manipulative evangelist of design who is utterly incapable of doing what he does not want to do. My vision was to create a portrait of Stergios' spirit and thus capture the Zeitgeist of his life's work. In 2015, when his emotional state and financial reality began tugging in opposite directions, I finally had the impetus to start filming.
Konstantinos Kambouroglou - Director, Producer, Editor
Born and raised in Thessaloniki, Greece, Konstantinos Kambouroglou is a New York-based independent filmmaker and media producer with over 15 years of experience with organizations such as The Documentary Group (Key Constitutional Concepts), PBS (The Mormons, Looking for Lincoln, Faces of America), HBO (Teddy: In His Own Words), ERT, MEGA Channel, and the Athens 2004 Olympics Organizing Committee. His short documentary, To Build Strong Children, about human trafficking and education, was an official selection at the Sacramento International Film Festival in 2014 and was recently broadcast by PBS (WHUT) in the Washington, DC area. Konstantinos holds a Masters in Journalism from Columbia University and is the founder of Gouse Films, Inc.
Heather Greer - Producer
Heather Greer is a New York-based independent filmmaker and producer with over 20 years experience of working in documentary film and new media production. She was the cinematographer on The F Word, a feature-length documentary about freedom of speech that was an official selection at the 2005 Tribeca Film Festival and was purchased by IFC in 2006. Most recently, she directed and produced Voices That Heal, a 45-minute documentary about the Peruvian Amazon that was an official selection at festivals around the world, including BAFICI and the Female Eye Film Festival (Best Documentary Nomination), and received distribution in 2013.
Andreas Siadimas - Director of Photography
Andreas Siadimas is a Thessaloniki-based film director and cinematographer with over 15 years of experience. In 2004, he founded Dangerous Productions, a film production company that has produced award-winning content, including Sitting by the Truth (Audience Award, 13th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival) and Handset Type (Best Film Prize PEKK, LGFF Odyssey Award, TISFF Cinematic Achievement Award). Andreas is a former technical supervisor and adjunct professor in cinematography at the Film Department of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.
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