When downtown New York institution Kim’s Video closed its doors in 2008 there was only one question: “What’s happening to the tapes?”. Fifteen years later, that question is still front of mind for filmmakers David Redmon and Ashley Sabin who chronicle David’s odyssey to find out what happened to the 55,000 film collection. Following the trail from New York City to Salemi, Sicily, David begins to uncover a story of corruption, deception, and intrigue, as he plays the role of gumshoe, hot on the trail of the cold case of the video collection that started it all for him.
Bouncing between investigative documentary, film essay and cinephile experiment, the movie slowly unravels a true story stranger than any of the films in the legendary Kim’s Video collection.
Mandy Chang, Angela Neillis, Bernie Kay
Ashley Sabin, David Redmon, Deborah & Dale Smith, Francesco Galavotti, Rebecca Tabasky
David Redmon, Ashley Sabin
Enrico Tilotta, Eric Taxier, Jean-Marc Montera, Jean Francois Pauvros, Matthew Dougherty, Remy aka The Butcher
David Redmon & Ashley Sabin
David Redmon and Ashley Sabin are a filmmaking duo. Their body of work includes four recent animal ethnography films based in the world of donkeys and funded by the Leverhulme Trust. Sanctuary (2017), Do Donkeys Act? (2017), Choreography (2014), and Herd (2015). David is a former Radcliffe Fellow at Harvard University with a PhD in sociology from the University at Albany, State University of New York.
Ashley is a Fulbright Scholarship recipient, and earned a M.F.A. at Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, and graduated with high honors in Art History at the Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York.
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The Mother of All Lies
As her parents and grandmother prepare to leave the Casablanca home they have lived in for decades, Asmae El Moudir takes the opportunity to probe the past, unraveling repressed truths buried within her own family and Moroccan political history.
Orlando, My Political Biography
Inspired by Virginia Woolf’s Orlando, the transgressive novel is used as a framework to investigate the very real contemporary struggles of trans and non-binary people. Winner of the Teddy Award and Encounters Jury Prize at Berlin Film Festival.
In 2018, when a police raid evicted tree-house dwelling activists in Hambach Forest, student and journalist Steffen Meyn fell to his death. His classmates compiled the two years of footage he'd shot, asking whether a cause is ever worth dying for.
In a hybrid film comprised entirely of archival footage, two fictional women are torn from each other by the tides of repressive political and patriarchal systems. A haunting, lyrical tale of longing for freedom amongst connection.
Mighty Afrin: In the Time of Floods
From the floodplains of Brahmaputra River to Bangladesh’s capital city, this stunning hybrid-documentary captures the catastrophic effects of climate change upon the country’s people and landscape. Told through an orphan's personal odyssey.
The Tuba Thieves
Drawing on her experience as a d/Deaf/Hard of Hearing person, director Alison O’Daniel transcends assumptions of sound, silence, and language in this groundbreaking hybrid doc framed around a string of unsolved tuba thefts in L.A.
In the finest tradition of MAD Magazine, found footage from classic US film and television is combined to create a fictitious American neighborhood, reflecting modern American life from 2016 - 2021 in a wildly unconventional and absurdist satire.
Jaya, a teacher and comedian, travels across the typhoon-ravaged Philippines in a bid to win a beauty pageant. En route, they pick up an unlikely companion. Comic, sorrowful, and political, Asog examines the climate crisis through a kaleidoscopic lens.
Smoke Sauna Sisterhood
Within the confines of a smoke sauna deep in an Estonian forest, groups of women gather to cleanse themselves in both body and soul, sharing in traditional sauna-based rituals, while also revealing their hurts and longings, joys and pains.
New York institution Kim’s Video closed its doors in 2008. Fifteen years later, filmmakers David Redmon and Ashley Sabin set out to find out what happened to the 55,000 film collection and uncover a story of corruption, deception, and intrigue.