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.
Official Website: http://www.arretetoncinema.org/leviathan/
For more trailers visit the official website.