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UNTITLED PRC PROJECT is a documentary feature film exploring how China’s status as a new world power translates to day-to-day life for people of all class lines. China is making a historic shift from “the world’s factory” to a hub of innovation. It’s a place of struggle, hard work, boredom, ostentatious consumption, pollution, and creative modernization all at once. We see China’s globalized economy in locations ranging from remote mountain villages to mega-cities. Through a cinematic lens we examine sites that impact the world economy yet whose existence many have never heard of. We interweave disparate locales together to show an unexpected yet intrinsic interconnectedness. Many of these industries are new, and all will continue to be transformed or replaced as the global economy churns. We glean an impressionistic understanding of the growing behemoth that is the nominally communist yet hyper-capitalist People’s Republic of China. Through a series of vignettes, we watch how the “Chinese Dream” is playing out. The film examines a cycle of labor (represented by factories, construction sites, and refineries); consumption (in cavernous malls or decadent nightclubs); and waste (endless bicycle graveyards or industry-polluted rivers).
Jessica Kingdon is a Chinese-American director/producer named one of 25 New Faces of Independent Film by Filmmaker Magazine in 2017. Her award-winning Vimeo Staff Pick short "Commodity City" shot in Yiwu, China is an observational documentary about the world’s largest wholesale mall. It was shortlisted for a Cinema Eye Honor and has played at over 50 film festivals. Her upcoming feature documentary UNTITLED PRC PROJECT has received support from the SFFilm Film Fund and the Chicken & Egg (Egg)celerator Lab. Her upcoming short “Routine Island,” about the new Chinese middle class on vacation on an island in Micronesia, is an Eyeslicer Radical Film Fund recipient. Past residencies include the Points North Institute Shortform Editing Residency, the Artist Academy at the New York Film Festival, the UnionDocs Editing Residency, and the UnionDocs Lab. Producer credits include “The Waterslide” (dir. Nathan Truesdell) which premiered at True/False in 2018, “Old Stone” (dr. Johnny Ma) which premiered at the Berlinale 2016, and the upcoming “For Entertainment Purposes Only” (dir. Colin Healey). She is a member of the Brooklyn Filmmakers Collective.