People’s Park

  • Wed Apr 9
People's Park

with filmmaker & Asst. Prof. J.P. Sniadecki (PMA) introducing & discussing the film; post-screening discussion facilitated by Ithaca College film professor Andrew Utterson

J.P. Sniadecki & Libbie Cohn

People’s Park surveys the range of human activity in a bustling urban park in Chengdu, China. People stroll, snack, socialize, practice calligraphy and engage in a wide variety of song and dance, from Chinese opera to pulsing disco. Some ignore the camera; others play to it. The filmmakers, Libbie Cohn and J. P. Sniadecki, are never seen, but their presence is felt, not least because of how they chose to portray the park’s myriad denizens and activities: as a literal panorama of leisure and revelry, filmed in one long tracking shot.” (NY Times) In Mandarin. Cited by Film Comment as one of the best undistributed films of 2013.

Sniadecki’s films screen at festivals such as the Berlinale, the New York Film Festival, and the Edinburgh International Film Festival, and have received several awards, including the Joris Ivens Award at Cinema du Reel for Demolition (Chaiqian) (2008), a Jury Award at FICUNAM for Yumen (2013), as well as a Golden Leopard and a Special Jury Prize at the Locarno International Film Festival for Foreign Parts (2010), co-directed with Verena Paravel. His most recent documentary, People’s Park (2012) co-directed with Libbie Cohn, won the Best Anthropological Film award at Festival dei Popoli and Best Cinematography award at the Ann Arbor Film Festival, and had its New York City premiere at New Directors/New Films.

His filmography includes: Yumen (2013), People's Park (2012), Foreign Parts (2010), The Yellow Bank (2010), Demolition (Chaiqian) (2008), and Songhua (2007). He is also founder and co-curator of Emergent Visions, a film series that screens new independent cinema from China.

BluRay color
1 hour 18 minutes
release year/country
2012 USA