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J. P. Sniadecki

United States

Biography

Sniadecki was born on a goat farm in Michigan, grew up in the rustbelt of Northern Indiana, and has lived and worked for several years in China. His films were screened at museums and galleries, such as the Guggenheim, the MoMA, the Museum of Natural History, the MAC in Vienna, the UCCA in Beijing, and the upcoming 2014 Whitney Biennale, as well as at festivals such as the Berlinale, New York, Locarno, Vancouver, Edinburgh, BAFICI, and Beijing Independent. His work has also received several awards, including the Joris Ivens Award at Cinema du Reel for Chaiqian/Demolition (2008), a Golden Leopard and a Silver Leopard at Locarno for Foreign Parts (2010), the Best Anthropological Film award at Festival dei Popoli and Best Cinematography award at the Ann Arbor Film Festival for People’s Park (2012), the "Best Chinese Film" at the Taiwanese International Film Festival for Yumen (2013), and the "Best Film" award at L'Alternativa for The Iron Ministry (2014). He is currently an Assistant Professor in the Documentary Media MFA program at Northwestern University.

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Demolition

Demolition (Orig.) / 2008 / China, United States / 62 min

"If the old doesn't go, the new never comes" recites a teenager hanging out near a demolition site in the center of Chengdu, the Sichuan capital in western China. In Demolition, filmmaker J.P. Sniadecki deconstructs the transforming cityscape by befriending the migrant laborers on the site and documenting the honest, often unobserved, human interactions, yielding a wonderfully patient and revealing portrait of work and life in the shadow of progress and economic development...

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Foreign Parts

Foreign Parts (Orig.) / 2010 / France, United States / 80 min

A hidden enclave in the shadow of the New York Mets' new stadium, the neighborhood of Willets Point is an industrial zone fated for demolition. Filled with scrapyards and auto salvage shops, lacking sidewalks or sewage lines, the area seems ripe for urban development. But Foreign Parts discovers a strange community where wrecks, refuse and recycling form a thriving commerce...

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People's Park

People's Park (Orig.) / 2012 / China, United States / 78 min

The film explores the dozens of moods, rhythms, and pockets of performance coexisting in tight proximity within the park's prismatic social space, capturing waltzing couples, mighty sycamores, karaoke singers, and buzzing cicadas...

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Songhua

Songhua

Songhua (Orig.) / 2007 / China, United States / 28 min

In northeastern China the Songhua River flows west from the border of Russia to the city of Harbin, where four million people depend on it as a source of water. Songhua is a portrait of the varying people that gather where the river meets the city, and an ethnographic study of the intimate ways in which they play and work...

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The Iron Ministry

Tie dao (Orig.) / 2014 / China, United States / 83 min

Award-winning American documentary filmmaker J.P. Sniadecki travelled throughout China by train for three years, capturing, with dazzling range and astonishing intimacy, the public and private spaces, faces and thoughts of Chinese people on the move...

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The Yellow Bank

The Yellow Bank (Orig.) / 2010 / China, United States / 27 min

A short documentary that captures the longest total solar eclipse of the 21st century, The Yellow Bank takes you on a contemplative boat ride across the Huangpu River in Shanghai, China. Filmmaker J.P. Sniadecki, who lived and worked in Shanghai nine years earlier, uses the eclipse as a catalyst to explore the way weather, light, and sound affect the urban architectural environment during this extremely rare phenomenon...

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Yumen

Yumen (Orig.) / 2013 / China, United States / 65 min

YUMEN combines ghost stories and “ruin porn” to form a celluloid psycho-collage of wandering souls seeking connection with one another and a lost collective history among the frozen remnants of the abandoned oil town of Yumen in China’s northwest Gansu province.

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