Trailers: Leviathan and People's Park

As a follow up to our first post on the blog, I want to give a sneak peak of the recent documentary film projects the directors of Foreign Parts have been screening in festivals for the past year.  

Verena Paravel and J.P. Sniadecki have produced two new documentary films that seek to further and challenge the representational boundaries and conventions  of art, documentary and ethnographic film. Verena Paravel and Lucien Castaing-Taylor’s (Co-director of Sweetgrass and director of the Harvard Sensory Ethnography Lab) recent collaboration, Leviathan was filmed entirely aboard a fishing trawler off the Massachusetts coast. The film has been described as merging academic and art house filmmaking, and as one of the most radical films to date. J.P. Sniadecki’s People’s Park, co-directed with Libbie Dina Cohn, is a single-shot tour of a park in Chengdu, China. This film was achieved through careful planning, extended fieldwork, rapport with the people at the park, and multiple takes.

Both films will be screening in New York this month (March 2013). Below are the film’s trailers and links to some interesting reviews. 


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New York Times. The Merger of Academia and Art House: Harvard Filmmakers’ Messy World 

The Hollywood Reporter. Leviathan: Locarno Review by Stephen Dalton

Indiewire. Masterful Fishing ‘Leviathan’ Presents a Fresh Take on the Nature Documentary Form 

People's Park

For more trailers visit the official website.

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ArtAsiaPacific Blog. People’s Park

Twitch Film. People’s Park is a Single Take Marvel

David Bordwell’s Website on Cinema: Observations on Film and Art