Long Story Short

  • United States
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In Long Story Short, over 100 people at homeless shelters, food banks, adult literacy programs, and job training centers in Los Angeles and the Bay Area in Northern California discuss their experiences of poverty – why they are poor, how it feels, and what they think should be done. Numerous interviews are stitched together to form a polyphonic account of poverty from the inside.

Long Story Short uses the tools and aesthetic forms of the sharing economy to amplify the voices of those most displaced and dispossessed by it. While individuals filmed in separate spaces appear in isolation, mirroring the isolating aspects of the media forms it appropriates, words flow across the screen like musical ensemble, a imaginary collective yet to materialize.

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  • Original title
    Long Story Short
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Natalie Bookchin
  • Editing
    Natalie Bookchin
  • Sound
    Michael Kowalski
  • Duration
    45 min (31-45 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • United States
  • Colour
    • Colour
  • Production
  • Distribution
  • Festivals
    • Cinema du Reel 2016
    • Rencontres Internationales Du Documentaire De Montréal 2016
    • Union Docs, Williamsburg, Brooklyn 2016
    • Athens International Film and Video Festival 2016
    • Cinéma du Réel, Luminor Hôtel de Ville, Paris 2016
    • 16th DocBuenosAires International Documentary Film Festival
    • Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival
  • Awards
    • Cinema du Reel 2016 - Grand Prize International Competition
    • Athens International Film + Video Festival 2016 - Second Prize Winner for Documentary Feature
    • Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival 2016 - Programmer's Award for Short Documentary

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