Most have seen the buidling with the flag in the window on Driggs in Williamsburg. Most have wondered the story behind it. Filmmaker Lea Hjort Mathiesen put in the work to figure it all out and the results are fantastic!
Empty windows and a ragged American flag are features of a house that have mystified passers-by for decades in Williamsburg, New York. From an outsider’s point of view, the building seems abandoned with no signs of life. But behind it’s walls lies a human tale that is ready to be told.
The owner is Jim, a Vietnam Veteran and declared patriot, who was once born in this very building.
More than two decades after buying the house to try and renovate it, it still remains seemingly untouched. Sediments of the past are thickly layered in the house and as Jim sifts through the dust, the layers of his life begin to peel away.
“The Renovation” tells the story of house with a past and shows what happens when war follows a man from the raging battlefield to the inner space of his childhood home.