“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 from studio Gaïné

20 official festival selections

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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