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Untitled PRC Project

Producers Kira Simon-Kennedy, Nathan Truesdell


Untitled PRC Project is a portrait of China’s industrial supply chain through its accelerated economy. With an observational lens, the feature documentary examines megatrends of today’s China, revealing paradoxes born from prosperity of the world’s emergent superpower through the cycle of production, consumption, and waste. This impressionistic collage of the new “Chinese Dream” consists of conceptually linked vignettes, immersed in locations ranging from the remote Sichuan mountains to the polluted Inner Mongolia plains to bustling labor markets in megacities. The film weaves disparate places together to show an unexpected yet intrinsic interconnectedness. Through these divergent processes we see how the “Chinese Dream” might be realized and how it is playing out.

About The Team

Jessica Kingdon (Director) is a Chinese-American director named one of 25 New Faces of Independent Film by Filmmaker Magazine. Her upcoming feature Untitled PRC Project received support from SFFILM, Chicken & Egg, Cinereach, & Sundance. Her award-winning short Commodity City played at over 50 film festivals. Her upcoming short Routine Island is an Eyeslicer Radical Film Fund recipient. Residencies include the Points North Institute Shortform Editing Residency, the Artist Academy at the New York Film Festival, and the UnionDocs Editing Residency. Her producer credits include Ian Bell’s 808: How We Respond, Nathan Truesdell’s The Water Slide, Johnny Ma’s Old Stone, and the Colin Healey’s upcoming For Entertainment Purposes Only. She is a member of the Brooklyn Filmmakers Collective.

Kira Simon-Kennedy (Producer) is the co-founder & director of China Residencies, a multifaceted arts nonprofit that has supported over 70 different international creative exchanges to China since its inception in 2013. She is currently a fellow at NEW INC, the New Museum’s incubator for art, design & technology, as well as the IFP Made in NY Media Center, creating Rivet, a platform to connect creative people with opportunities worldwide. Her first feature film a producer, Days of Gray, live-scored by the Icelandic orchestral band Hjaltalin, played festivals worldwide in 2013. She has produced over 50 short documentaries about China’s underground music scene for the Beijing-based record label Modern Sky, and is producing a documentary series for the British Council on the creative scenes in China’s 2nd and 3rd tier cities. Kira produced Jessica’s award-winning short documentary Commodity City, and splits her time between China, France, and the US.

Nathan Truesdell (Producer) has over a decade of documentary experience and was selected for the inaugural DOC NYC 40 Under 40 list. He recently directed and edited the award-winning short Balloonfest, directed The Water Slide, and directed the series The Art of Making Money produced by Field of Vision and released by Topic. Truesdell was the main cinematographer on Speaking Is Difficult and a producer of Peace in the Valley, both premiering in the shorts competition at Sundance 2016. He produced documentaries such as Michael Palmieri and Donal Mosher’s The Gospel of Eureka, AJ Schnack and David Wilson’s We Always Lie to Strangers, and Schnack’s Convention and Caucus. Truesdell was DOP for the Al Jazeera America series Midterms. He shot Mia Donovan’s Deprogrammed and was a cinematographer and editor on Nick Berardini’s Killing Them Safely as well as art directing the narrative film You’re Next. He is a producer of The Cinema Eye Honors.

Untitled PRC Project is a Cinereach grantee.