Synopsis

With the ghosts of cinema past leading his way, cinephile and filmmaker David Redmon sets off on a seemingly quixotic quest to find a legendary lost video collection of 55,000 movies in Sicily.

For two decades, New York City cinephiles had access to a treasure trove of rare and esoteric films through Kim's Video. Originally run by the enigmatic Yongman Kim out of his dry-cleaning business, his franchise eventually amassed 55,000 rental titles. In 2008, facing a changing industry, Mr. Kim offered to give away his collection provided that it stay intact and be available to Kim's Video members. In a bid to revitalize tourism, the small Italian village of Salemi, Sicily became home to the archive. But after the initial publicity faded, so too did any sign of the collection. Enter filmmaker David Redmon, who credits Kim's Video for his film education. With the ghosts of cinema past leading his way, Redmon embarks on a seemingly quixotic quest to track down what happened to the legendary collection and to free it from purgatory.

David Redmon and Ashley Sabin's playful documentary embraces various filmic forms, from cine-essay and investigative nonfiction to experimental cinema and even heist movies, to fashion an ode to the love of cinema and the enduring power its stories hold.

Screenings

Awards

Chinese Documentary Academy Award, Best Foreign Film Award

SitgesIFF Best Sitges Documenta Award

Audience Award, Best Feature, Scumdance Film Festival

Best Feature Documentary Award, Histeria International Horror, Fantasy, & Sci Fi Film Festival 

Honorable Mention, Festival Villa Del Cine

Special Mention, Archivio Aperto Film Festival

Award Winner, Chatham Kent International Film Festival

Best Documentary, Cinema Cappuccino Film Festival

Mejor Cortometraje Documental, Santiago Festival De Cine Del Mundo

 

Past

World Premiere-Sundance Film Festival, Park City, Utah, USA

Telluride Film Festival, Telluride, Colorado, USA

Tribeca Film Festival, NY, NY, USA

 

Ankara International Film Festival, Turkey

Archivio Aperto Film Festival, Bologna, Italy

Arkipel International Documentary & Experimental Film Festival, Jakarta, Indonesia

Beijing International Film Festival, Beijing, China

Bergman Week, Faro, Sweden

Calgary Underground Film Festival, Calgary, Canada

Ciudad del Este Independent Film Festival, Ciudad del Este, Paraguay

Chatham Kent International Film Festival, Chatham, Canada

Cinema Cappuccino Film Festival, Jaipur, India

Cinetopia, Edinburgh, Scotland

Corrosivo Film Festival, San Jose, Costa Rica

CPH: Dox, Copenhagen, Denmark

Crossing the Screen Film Festival, Eastbourne, UK

Cucalorus Film Festival, Wilmington, NC, USA

Cuzco Underground Cinema Festival, Cuzco, Peru

Docpoint, Helsinki, Finland

DC/DOX, DC, Maryland, USA

Diaspora Film Festival, Busan, Korea

Doc Film Leon, Guanajuato, Mexico

Dokufest, Prizren, Kosovo

Eastern Oregon Film Festival, La Grande, OR, USA

El Grito International Fantastic Film Festival, San Cristobal, Venezuela

Fantasmagoria Festival de Cine Fantastico y de Terror de Medellin, Medellin, Colombia

Fantaspoa Film Festival, Porte Alegre, Brazil

Fanstic Fest, Austin, TX, USA

Festival Europeen du Film Fantastique de Strasbourg, Strasbourg, France

Villa del Cine, Villa de Leyva, Colombia

Film Festival Cologne, Cologne, Germany

Floripa Que Horror, Santa Catarina, Brazil

Frightfest, London, UK

Geneva International Film Festival, Geneza Switzerland

Histeria International Horror, Fantasy, & Sci Fi Film Festival, San Jose, Costa Rica

Insolito Festival de Cine Fantastico, Lima, Peru

International Film Festival of Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, India

Jeonju Film Festival, Seoul, Korea

Kickoff Film Festival, Warsaw, Poland

Kosmorama Trondheim International Film Festival, Trondheim, Norway

Leeds International Film Festival, Leeds, England

Lichter Film Festival, Frankfurt, Germany

Macabre Faire Film Festival, Hendersonville, TN, USA

Manchester Film Festival, Manchester, UK

Minneapolis St Paul International Film Festival, Minneapolis, MN, USA

New Haven Documentary Film Festival, New Haven, CT, USA

Newburyport Documentary Film Festival, Newburyport, MA, USA

Off Cinema Documentary Film Festival, Poznan, Poland

Offscreen Film Festival, Brussels, Belgium

Oslo Pix, Oslo, Norway

Paracinema Cult Film Festival, Derbyshire, England

Philadelphia Film Festival, Philadelphia, PA, USA 

Ramaskrik Film Festival, Oppdal, Norway

Revelation Perth International Film Festival, North Perth, Australia 

Rising Sun Internationl Film Festival, Fukuoka, Japan

Rome Film Festival, Rome, Italy

Santa Fe International Film Festival, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA

Santiago Festival de Cine Del Mundo, Santiago, Chile

Scumdance Film Festival, Sparks, NV

Sidewalk Film Festival, Birmingham, Alabama, USA

Sitges Film Festival, Sitges, Spain

St Louis Film Festival, St. Louis, Missouri, USA

Sydney Film Festival, Sydney, Australia

The Loft Film Festival, Tucson, Arizona, USA

Thessaloniki International Film Festival, Athens, Greece

Vancouver International Film Festival, Vancouver, Canada

Weird Weekend, Glasgow, Scotland

Whanau Marama New Zealand International Film Festival, Auckland, New Zealand

Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival, Yamagata, Japan

 

 

 

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86 minutes