Part of the Loft Film Fest, running Nov. 8 — 16, presented by Desert Diamond Casinos & Entertainment and the National Endowment for the Arts. View the schedule and get tickets & passes at bit.ly/2dZ4sPn
Post-film Q&A with Oscar-nominated director Kirby Dick in person and award-winning director Nanfu Wang, recipient of this year’s Social Justice Award, via Skype! Saturday, November 11 screening only.
Documentary filmmaker Nanfu Wang buys a one-way ticket to Florida with the goal of documenting every conversation she has along the way. A few days into her trip, she meets a handsome, free-spirited traveler named Dylan, a young man who has rejected his comfortable, middle-class upbringing to lead a vagabond lifestyle of absolute freedom and mobility. Nanfu decides to follow him across the state, eating out of garbage cans, dodging the police, and hitching rides with strangers as he embraces a life of intentional homelessness. But as the director digs deeper, Dylan’s rebellion is gradually revealed to be darker and altogether more complex. Unfolding like a low-key mystery, I Am Another You is an incisive and powerful examination of the myth and bitter realities of America’s rugged individualism.
Winner: Chicken &Egg Award and Special Jury Award for Excellence in Documentary Storytelling, SXSW
The Loft Film Fest Social Justice Award, presented by Oscar-nominated documentary filmmaker Kirby Dick, is presented each year at the Loft Film Fest to a filmmaker whose work displays a galvanizing passion for social change through cinema. This year, we proudly present the 2017 Loft Film Fest Social Justice Award to acclaimed filmmaker Nanfu Wang, director of I Am Another You!
Nanfu Wang is an award-winning filmmaker based in New York City. Her feature debut, Hooligan Sparrow, was shortlisted for the 2017 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. Since its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, the film has screened at festivals in over 25 countries, and has opened theatrically across North America. The film has won over twenty awards internationally, and Wang was honored by the International Documentary Association with the 2016 Emerging Filmmaker Award. Her second feature documentary, I Am Another You, premiered at the 2017 SXSW Film Festival. Originally from a remote village in China, Wang overcame poverty and lack of access to formal secondary education and went on to earn graduate degrees in communications and documentary film from universities in China and the U.S. Wang holds master’s degrees from Shanghai University, Ohio University, and New York University.
Kirby Dick, a Tucson native, is a two time Emmy-award winning and two-time Academy award-nominated documentary film director. His most recent film, The Hunting Ground (2015), a monumental exposé about sexual assault on college campuses, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, was released theatrically, is the 2016 recipient of the Producer Guild of America’s Stanley Kramer award, and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Song. His previous film, The Invisible War (2012), a groundbreaking investigation into the epidemic of rape within the US military, won two Emmy Awards for Best Documentary and Outstanding Investigative Journalism, the 2012 Independent Spirit Award 2012 for Best Documentary, a Peabody Award, and was nominated for an Academy Award. He also directed Twist of Faith (2004), the story of a man confronting the trauma of his past sexual abuse by a Catholic priest, which was also nominated for an Academy Award. Other films include Outrage (2009), nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Investigative Journalism, This Film Is Not Yet Rated (2006), a breakthrough investigation of the MPAA’s secretive film ratings system, and Derrida (2002), a complex portrait of the world-renowned French philosopher Jacques Derrida. He is the 2012 recipient of the Nestor Almendros Prize for Courage and Filmmaking and the 2013 Ridenhour Documentary Film Prize.