Commodity City

A Film by Jessica Kingdon

Synopsis

Commodity City is an observational documentary exploring the daily lives of vendors who work in the largest wholesale consumer market in the world: the Yiwu Markets in China. The film explores moments of tension between commerce and individuality, between the goods for sale and the humans who sell them.

Director

  • Picture of Jessica Kingdon © Jessica Kingdon

    Jessica Kingdon

    Jessica is a Brooklyn-based filmmaker. She received her BA in Film Studies from Columbia University and her MA in Media Studies from The New School. Her short film "Commodity City" shot in Yiwu, China is an observational documentary about the world’s largest wholesale mall. It has played at Rotterdam IFF, Slamdance, and will go onto
    play at True/ False, Ann Arbor, and more. She also works as an independent producer, and recently coproduced the feature film “Old Stone” which premiered at the Berlinale 2016 and won Best Canadian First Feature at TIFF 2016. Her residencies include the UnionDocs Lab and the Points North Institute Shortform Editing Residency. She is a member of the Brooklyn Filmmakers Collective.

Awards + Festivals

  • 23rd SLAMDANCE FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Utah, USA)January 20, 2017
  • 45th IFFR/ INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ROTTERDAM (Official Selection. Rotterdam, Netherlands)January 25, 2017
  • 15th TRUE FALSE FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Columbia, Missouri, USA)March 2, 2017
  • *TOM BERMAN AWARD*
    55th ANN ARBOR FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA)March 21, 2017
  • 11th DALLAS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Dallas, Texas, USA)March 29, 2017
  • 20th SARASOTA FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Sarasota, Florida, USA)March 31, 2017
  • 29th FILMFEST DRESDEN (Official Selection, Germany)April 4, 2017
  • 26th FLORIDA FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Maitland, FL, USA)April 21, 2017
  • 20th DOXA DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Vancouver, Canada)May 4, 2017
  • DOCAVIV - TEL AVIV INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Israel)May 11, 2017
  • 2nd FICII - INCA IMPERIAL INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Lima, Peru)May 19, 2017
  • 24th SHEFFIEL DOC FEST (Official Selection, Sheffield, UK)June 9, 2017
  • BREAKTHROUGHS FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Toronto, Canada)June 16, 2017
  • 23rd PALM SPRINGS INT'L SHORTFEST AND FILM MARKET (Official Selection, Palm Springs, CA, USA)June 20, 2017
  • 8th FREDERICK FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Frederick, Maryland, USA)June 23, 2017
  • 24th OPENEYES FILMFEST (Official Selection, Marburg, Germany)July 20, 2017
  • 41th OPEN AIR FILMFEST WEITERSTADT (Official Selection, Weiterstadt, Germany)August 10, 2017
  • 7th FARCUME - FESTIVAL INTERNACIONAL DE CURTAS-METRAGENS DE FARO (Official Selection, Faro, Algarve, Portugal)August 21, 2017
  • 28th SAO PAULO INT'L SHORT FILM FETSIVAL (Int'l Competition, Sao Paulo, Brazil)August 23, 2017
  • 5th KRALJEVSKI FILMSKI FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Kraljevo, Serbia)August 31, 2017
  • 7th QUÉBEC CITY FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Canada)September 13, 2017
  • 6th JOZI FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Sandton, Gauteng, South Africa)September 21, 2017
  • 1st HANCHENG INT'L SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, China)October 1, 2017
  • 26th HOT SPRINGS DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Hot Springs, Arkansas, USA)October 6, 2017
  • 3rd MINIKINO FILM WEEK - INT'L SHORT FILM FESTIVAL BALI (Official Selection, Denpasar, Bali Indonesia)October 7, 2017
  • 14th FILMFEST EBERSWALDE (Competition „Short Documentary“, Germany)October 7, 2017
  • 28th NEW ORLEANS FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, USA)October 11, 2017
  • 10th LVIV INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL WIZ-ART (Official Selection, Lviv, Ukraine)October 11, 2017
  • 9th SANTA FE INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, New Mexico, USA)October 18, 2017
  • 7th EDINBURGH SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Scotland, UK)October 27, 2017
  • 31st AFI FEST (Official Selection, Los Angeles, CA, USA)November 9, 2017
  • 7th INT'L FRONTALE FILMFESTIVAL (Int'l Competition, Vienna, Austria)November 15, 2017
  • 14th MANCHESTER INT'L SHORT FILM & ANIMATION FESTIVAL (Official Selection, UK)November 20, 2017
  • 16th MAGMA INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Acireale , Italy)November 23, 2017

Crew

Screenplay
Producer
Kira Simon-Kennedy, Daniel Cooper, JCKINTHEBOX
Director
Jessica Kingdon
Director of Photography
Jessica Kingdon
Sound Design
Jessica Kingdon, Daniel Garcia
Music
Mark Corbin

Details

Running Time
10:43 mins
Shooting Format
Digital HD
Screening Format
DCP, BluRay, DVD, .mov, mp4 (HD)
Aspect Ratio
16:9
Sound
5:1

Contact

FILM FESTIVAL AGENCY

aug&ohr medien
Markus Kaatsch
Riemannstraße 21
D-10961 Berlin, Germany
+49 30 61620068

markus@augohr.de
www.augohr.de

PRODUCTION COMPANY & DIRECTOR

JCKINTHEBOX, LLC
Jessica Kingdon
348 Eastern Parkway apt 3L
Brooklyn NY 11225, USA

jessica.kingdon@gmail.com
jckbox.com
https://www.facebook.com/commoditycity/
commoditycity.tv