Commissioned by Thessaloniki Int'l Film Festival.
What do you get when you cross a filmmaker and a puppeteer stuck in quarantine? You get We Are in This Apart. Filmed during our toddler’s nap times with limited resources save for a smartphone, the internet, and a partner with a PhD in puppetry, We Are in This Apart takes our collective longing for joyous interconnection and interprets it through the eyes of our protagonist who our First AD toddler named “Coco". Award-winning filmmaker, Yung Chang’s latest film This is Not a Movie, about iconoclastic journalist Robert Fisk, premiered at Toronto Int’l Film Festival ’19 and is currently on the festival circuit and virtual theatrical release. Annie Katsura Rollins is a researcher, artist, and educator. Her PhD dissertation (2019) focused on the fragility of traditional performance forms in modern China. She made a toilet paper crankie Cantastoria for the recent online edition of New York’s Great Small Works Toy Theatre Festival.
Background about Species of Spaces commission:
In “Spaces #3”, 7 internationally acclaimed directors shot, after commissioning by the Thessaloniki International Film Festival, a short film at home, making their own timely comment on the new reality that we live in. The project is inspired by the book "Species of Spaces" by the French novelist, filmmaker, documentalist, and essayist, Georges Perec and the days of quarantine.
The idea is to create a film at home, using the environment, the people or the animals in that space. The only outdoor areas that may be used are outdoor living spaces, such as the terrace, the garden, the balcony and the stairwell.
The films are directed by: Yung Chang, Ildikó Enyedi, Annemarie Jacir, Nanouk Leopold, Teona Strugar Mitevska, Victor Moreno, Albert Serra.