Hotel 22

  • 8.5 10
  • 2017
  • 8min

Each night in Silicon Valley, the Line 22 transforms from a public city bus into an unofficial shelter for the homeless in one of the richest parts of the world.

AWARDS: Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Short Filmmaking Award. Cinema Eye Honors/ Golden Dragon Award for Best Short Film. Krakow Film Festival/ Best Documentary Short, CineMigrante Film Festival/Best Documentary and Best of the Fest Jury Prize. Nevada City Film Festival/ Honorable Mention for Best Short Documentary. Ashland Independent Film Festival/ APCA Short Film Award. CAAMFest/ Best Film by Young Jury in International Competition & Special Jury Prize in International Competition. CURTACINEMA, Rio de Janeiro/ Jury Award. RAW Film Fest/ Saatchi & Saatchi New Directors' Showcase, Cannes Lion, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)/ D&AD Next Direct Award, Shortlist/ Milano International Film Awards Nominee/ IDA Documentary Award Nominee
OFFICIAL SELECTIONS: Sundance Film Festival/ PBS National Broadcast, POV Series/ New York Times Op-Docs/ Short of the Week/ The Atlantic/ San Francisco Film Society Online Showcase/ National Geographic Short Film Showcase/ DOK Leipzig/ True/False Film Festival/ Camden International Film Festival/ Los Angeles Film Festival (LAFF)/  Rooftop Films Summer Series/ San Francisco International Film Festival/ Big Sky Documentary Film Festival/ Cinequest Film Festival/ Newport Beach Film Festival/ Seattle International Film Festival/ Sydney Film Festival/ United Nations Association Film Festival/ Montenegro Film Festival/ Pravo Ljudski Film Festival/ Krakow Film Festival/ Message to Man Film Festival/ CineMigrante Film Festival/ Take One Action, Glasgow/ Docudays UA International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival/ Human Rights Arts and Film Festival/ Documentamadrid, Madrid/ Ethnografilm, Paris/ Leiden International Short Film Experience/ Architecture Film Festival Rotterdam/ Florida Film Festival/ Nantucket Film Festival/ Nashville Film Festival/ Sarasota Film Festival/ Eastern Oregon Film Festival/ Treefort Film Festival/ Nevada City Film Festival/ Bernal Heights Outdoor Cinema/ Denver Film Festival/ SOMArts Gallery/ The Atlantic Video Series/ Backyard Films/ Santa Fe Independent Film Festival/ Hot Springs Film Festival/ Alaska Airlines Short Film Series/ Tallgrass Film Festival/ Austin Asian American Film Festival/ Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival/ Kinoscope Shorts Series/ Tampere Film Festival/ Catchlight Series/ RIDM+/ Frontline Club/ Medina del Campo Film Festival/ Mecal International Short Film and Animation Festival of Barcelona/ Maryland Film Festival/ Art Film Fest, Slovakia/ Proyector Videoartfestival/ FilmMixer Festival/ San Diego Asian Film Festival/ Shnit International Short Film Festival/ Viddsee/ Filmothek Festival

Hotel 22, the bus of forgotten dreams

The night is young and cold for passengers on the bus route 22 in Silicon Valley, California. For years, homeless men and women have made the interior of the vehicle their overnight hotel. The passengers adapt their bodies and luggage to the rigid seats and the constant metallic snoring of the bus is already a familiar soundtrack that does not disturb their sleep.

To film this microcosm in motion, young American director Elizabeth Lo chooses an observational approach with static shots that show the swings and turns of this long metal snake as it makes its journey through the streets of California with its belly full of guests.

The sound of the vehicle is a character in itself; we hear its gears and frictions very close thus providing a first-hand sensory experience. One of the guests complains that the heating is not set and, in a climatic scene, the tensions of race in this multiethnic city explode in the heart of the night.

Elizabeth Lo
Elizabeth Lo Director

Production Companies

Elizabeth Lo

Curated Award-Winning Docs From Around The Globe

Best Documentary Films