Nothing Happens for Long (film project)

A series of short films produced in 2011 conjunction with Andrew Leland for the Oakland Museum of California with support from the James Irvine Foundation


Producers: Andrew Leland, Jonn Hershend
Director: Jonn Herschend
Written by: Andrew Leland



Nothing Happens for Long – TRAILER from The Oakland Standard on Vimeo.



Nothing Happens for Long is not a parody, though it was conceived with an affectionate belief in the entertaining and comedic possibilities of serious art. The film seeks to uncover and celebrate the poetic and transformative power of a museum’s quiet, overlooked moments.

Visitor stories were solicited in June 2011 and the film was shot on location in August. The project was released online over the course of six weeks. The trailer was released November 1, 2011, followed by the first installment on November 15. Nothing Happens for Long features the stories of George Chen, Sarah Lockhart, Maggie Stern, and Torreya Cummings.

The full series can be seen at the Oakland Standard’s website