Cleveland International Film Festival } March 29 – April 9, 2017 Presented by Dollar Bank

THE NINE

 

Year: 2016
Country: USA
Run Time: 98 minutes

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THE NINE
THE NINE
THE NINE
THE NINE

The city of Modesto lies in California’s Central Valley, a region with some of the highest poverty levels in the nation. One area in particular is the notorious South Ninth Street, a desolate wasteland ravaged by crime and destitution. On paper that description may seem inflated, but when you actually see it up close in Katy Grannan’s THE NINE, it’s pretty jarring. South Ninth is a modern day Wild West, with each person desperately trying to survive another day. To do so often means resorting to egregious methods—prostitution is incredibly rampant. The film follows Kiki, who, despite the madness around her, remains optimistic about life. Her childlike hope is unchanged, even though she’s been failed by the system. Her bright light shines through the darkness, providing a balance to an otherwise bleak, but forthright, portrait of South Ninth. This raw and staggering documentary honors America’s forgotten souls—beautiful but forever scarred by the depredation that surrounds them. —E.F.

THE NINE

CIFF41 Screenings

Tower City Cinemas

Tuesday, April 04, 2017 at 8:40 PM

Thursday, April 06, 2017 at 1:20 PM

Genre
Recommended for High School Students +

Competitions
Nesnadny + Schwartz Portrait Documentary Competition
ReelWomenDirect Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman

Director
Katy Grannan

Producer
Marc Smolowitz

Screenwriting
Katy Grannan, Artimese Fairley

Cinematography
Katy Grannan, Hannah Hughes

Editing
Stephen Berger, Eli Olson

Director Bio
Katy Grannan is from Arlington, Massachusetts. She holds an M.F.A. in Photography from Yale University. She's also a photographer, and her pictures have appeared in The New York Times and several prestigious museums, including the Guggenheim.

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