55th AAFF DVD - Volume 10
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Commodity City | Jessica Kingdon
Brooklyn, NY | 2017 | 11 min
Commodity City is an observational documentary exploring the daily lives of vendors who work in the largest wholesale consumer market in the world: the Yiwu Markets in China. The film explores moments of tension between commerce and individuality, between the goods for sale and the humans who sell them.
Walk For Me | Elegance Bratton
New York, NY | 2016 | 12 min
Walk For Me is a contemporary coming out story set in present day New York City. Hassan Kendricks is a conflicted teenager torn between his devotion to his single mother and his desire to Vogue, as Hanna Continental, her true self.
Mind Frame | Jake Fried
Boston, MA | 2016 | 1 min
Hand-drawn animation with ink, white-out, and coffee.
The Interior | Jonathan Rattner
USA / Canada | 2015 | 22 min
January, the Alaskan Interior, 56 dogs, four humans, five hours of sunlight. This observational work —shot on both 16mm and digital video— is a sensory journey that follows Brent Sass, an award-winning dog musher, and his community of dogs living in isolation in the rural inland of Alaska.
Pokey Pokey | Junjie Zhang
Sham Shui Po, Hong Kong/Los Angeles, USA | 2015 | 7 min
A father starts a journey to figure out the best way to protect his son from seeing the filthiness of this crime-ridden city.
Sleeping With the Devil | Alisa Yang
Los Angeles, CA | 2016 | 16 min
Based on a recorded Skype exorcism and found footage, the filmmaker confronts her past growing up in the Evangelical prophetic and deliverance ministry.
Absence of Memory | Rita Piffer
Uruguay/Brazil | 2016 | 12 min
A short poetic documentary portrait about an 80-year-old woman’s recollections of her life and loss during migration between Brazil and Uruguay.
Xylophone | Jennifer Levonian
Philadelphia, PA | 2016 | 9 min
In the cutout animation Xylophone, we follow the path of a sleep-deprived pregnant woman, ambivalent towards the routines of middle class life, who, along with her rambunctious daughter, impulsively steals a goat from a petting zoo. Chaos and freedom ensue.
All participating filmmakers on Volume 10 receive income from each DVD sold. Films in this collection screened at the 55th Ann Arbor Film Festival in March 2017.
Programmed by Katie McGowan; Cover Design by goodgood; Case Design by Joanie Wind; DVD Authoring by Tom Bray; DVD Replication by A to Z Media; Special Thanks: Shudi Zheng, Allison Buck, Martin Thoburn, Joanie Wind and Potter-Belmar Labs.