The full-length version of “How to Build a Terrarium” is 15:15 minutes.
It is Springtime in Prague. A foreigner, new to the city, must navigate the winding bureaucracy of the Czech Postal Service in order to retrieve a package. A state of mind docu-fiction film about one woman’s quest to become the master of her own universe.
EMMA PIPER-BURKET is a visual artist, filmmaker, and writer working in fiction, non-fiction, and collected media. Her work is process-based and research driven, incorporating social trends, ancient history, science, politics, ephemera, and the natural world into her creative practice. She was recently an Ebert Fellow for Film Criticism at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, a resident artist at Marble House Project in Vermont, and participated in the Oberhausen Seminar in Germany. Her latest documentary, Dream City, is currently available on Fandor; her films have been exhibited internationally and include screenings at Anthology Film Archives, The Armory Center for the Arts and Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival. Her writing frequently appears in Reverse Shot, and RogerEbert.com. She holds an MFA in Cinema and Digital Media from FAMU in Prague, and a BA in Arabic and Classical Studies from Georgetown University.