“People who live in a place like this I’ve come from somewhere to get away from something.”

Remains from a vanished past, the ghost towns of the American West are full of stories and legends.
West Empire is an immersion into the heart of these towns left behind after the mining era and in which a few people still persist to live today. In a setting of American deserts, these inhabitants live a timeless life with one priority: the search for freedom.
Referring to their past, these men and women bring a strong testimony of their life experience. In the light of these atypical encounters, the film makes us think about how our modern society is governed, about time and the importance of living in the moment of Now.


 

Production: KissKissBankBank, Mathieu Le Lay Productions
Year: 2015
Featuring: Rock Novak, Walter Kremin, Daisy Reese, David Reese, Lily White
Music: The Gentleman Losers, composed by Ville & Samu Kuukka – © Mute Song Ltd, with the authorization of Premiere Music Group
Sound design: Laurent Mollard – Studio Gaïné

Awards
Special Jury Award for Outstanding Cinematography – 25th Arizona International Film Festival, USA, 2016
Best Short Film – XIII CRONOGRAF Festivalul International de Cinema Documentar, Moldova, 2016
Best Cinematography – 10th High Desert International Film Festival, USA, 2016
Best Short Documentary – The Annual Valley Film Festival, USA, 2016
 

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Official festival selections
25th Arizona International Film Festival, USA
8th TRT Documentary Awards, Turkey
Wales International Documentary Festival, UK
XIII CRONOGRAF Festivalul International de Cinema Documentar, Moldova
10th High Desert International Film Festival, USA
56th Krakow Film Festival, Poland
18th FICA Festival Internacional de Cinema e Video Ambiental, Brazil
39ème Festival de Cinéma Gouel Ar Filmou de Douarnenez, France
Odense International Film Festival, Denmark
Docutah International Documentary Film Festival 2016, USA
The Annual Valley Film Festival 2016, USA
Festival Atmosphères 2016, France
Szczecin European Film Festival 2016, Poland
33rd Tehran International Short Film Festival, Iran
16ème Festival des Escales Documentaires de La Rochelle, France
Rio de Janeiro International Short Film Festival – Curta Cinema 2016, Brazil
20th OFF Cinema Festive, Poland
Jahorina Film Festival 2016, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Dam Short Film Festival 2017, USA
FiSH – Filmfestival im StadtHafen Rostock 2017, Germany

Publications

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