Kim’s Video w/ directors Ashley Sabin & David Redmon

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Thursday, August 1 7:00p– Post-screening Q&A w/ directors Ashley Sabin & David Redmon

Yongman Kim was a South Korean immigrant who arrived in New York City in 1979, fresh out of the military. When his dry cleaning business foundered, he pivoted to renting quirky, hard-to-find videos. At the height of his success Kim had seven video stores, which boasted 55,000 movies and a whopping 250,000 members. The lovingly staffed, bohemian venues were a cineaste’s fever dream. When it mysteriously closed its doors, its legendary film archive was sent into exile to a small, somewhat dubious Sicilian village for “safekeeping.” Co-director Redmon sets out to recover the loot and gets into misadventures. (dir. David Redmon & Ashley Sabin, USA, 2023, 85 min.)

“Delightful. Redmon and Sabin wound up with a gold mine of material and a documentary that plays like a bold narrative feature.” —The Wrap

David Redmon and Ashley Sabin are a documentary filmmaking duo who have won awards at prestigious festivals including Tribeca, South by SouthWest, Cinéma du Réel and Sundance. They have made a suite of U.S. post-industrialization themed films set inside three interconnected factories on the coast of Prospect Harbor, Maine: Downeast (2012), Night Labor (2013), and Kingdom of Animal (2012); a feature documentary about the labyrinthine world of teenage modeling, Girl Model (2011); a film linking China and New Orleans through globalized manufacturing of cheap throwaway goods for American leisure pursuit, Mardi Gras: Made in China (2005) and two “carnivalesque” character driven films set in Louisiana: Kamp Katrina (2007) and Invisible Girlfriend (2009). They have also made four “animal ethnography” films based in the world of donkeys: Sanctuary (2017), Do Donkeys Act? (2017), Choreography (2014), and Herd (2015). Their Intimidad (2008) is set on the U.S. Mexico border, a longitudinal love story about family relationships and the meaning of “home.”