The Nine
Documentary Feature
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Contemporary Arts CenterSun, Oct 16, 2016 7:45 PM Event Date Passed  
Contemporary Arts CenterWed, Oct 19, 2016 1:45 PM Event Date Passed  
Film Info
Release Year:2016
Premiere Status:US
Production Country:USA
Original Language:English
Community Partners:Pelican Bomb
New Orleans Photo Alliance
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Katy Grannan
Produced By:Marc Smolowitz
Screenwriter:Katy Grannan in collaboration with Artimese Fairley
Cinematography:Katy Grannan
Hannah Hughes
Editing By:Stephen Berger
Eli Olson
Modesto’s South Ninth Street is a long stretch of rock bottom. Its residents refer to it as “the land of the fallen,” a place where “people go to die.” And with a demographic of drifters, prostitutes, and drug addicts, it’d be easy to make The Nine into a trite work of poverty porn. But director Grannan takes a far different tack. Through her uncanny ability to let her subjects speak candidly from the heart and delicately poetic editing, a genuinely rare sense of vitality emerges. In this bleak corner of the city, we meet her chief subject and collaborator Kiki, an optimistic woman looking to get out of the Nine and restart her life. She is astonishingly frank about her traumas, passions, and dreams. Under the gravity of Kiki’s presence, The Nine never floats into abstraction, but gives us an earthly, yet luminous view of her singular life. -Peter Goldberg
Katy Grannan is a photographer and filmmaker in the Bay Area. Her photographs are included in collections at the Guggenheim Museum, MOMA, SFMOMA, and LACMA. The Nine is her first feature film.
Included Shorts
Blackout (13min) Shorts Screening with Features, with The Nine More