The Nine, fine-art photographer Katy Grannan’s first feature film, will have its U.S. premier at the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival in Hot Springs, Arkansas in October, and will also feature at the New Orleans Film Festival that same month.

Grannan recently spoke with PDN about the the film, which chronicles the lives of a community of people in Modesto, California, for whom prostitution, addiction and poverty are part of daily life. However, Grannan’s film is far from a typical depiction of prostitution and addiction. By giving voice to her characters and shooting the film in an impressionistic, cinema vérité style, Grannan urges viewers to think about who her characters “really are,” rather than about “what they do out of desperation.”

THE NINE | TRAILER (2016) from Katy Grannan on Vimeo.

To read more from Grannan about how she gained the trust of her subjects and made the film, see our story from the August issue of PDN:

Katy Grannan On Making Her First Feature Film, The Nine




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