MING OF HARLEM - Twenty One Storeys In The Air

a film by Phillip Warnell

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documentary/experimental, 71 minutes, 16mm.
produced by Big Other Films Ltd,
coproduced by Michigan Films, Picture Palace Pictures, The Wellcome Trust.
with the support of Vlaams Audiovisueel Fonds (VAF), Centre du Cinéma et de l'audiovisuel de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles et de Voo (TV-NET-TEL), Arts Council England, Kingston University and FID Lab Marseille

website : www.phillipwarnell.com

Ming of Harlem was part of the FIDLab - Marseille 2011 selection.

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synopsis

Ming of Harlem: Twenty One Storeys in the Air is an only-in-New-York account of Ming, Al, and Antoine Yates, who cohabited in a high-rise social housing apartment at Drew-Hamilton complex in Harlem for several years until 2003, when news of their dwelling caused a public outcry and collective outpouring of disbelief. On the discovery that Ming was a 500-pound pound Tiger and Al a seven-foot alligator, their story took on an astonishing dimension. The film frames Yates’s recollections with a poetic study of Ming and Al, the predators’ presence combined with a text by philosopher Jean-Luc Nancy, reimagining the circumstances of the wild inside, animal names, strange territories, and human-animal relations.
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Winner of the Prix Georges de Beauregard International Jury award - FID Marseille 2014

screening

2015
VIFF Vancouver (in competition)
Viafarini Milan
Signes de Nuit Saarbrucken
FICIC Argentina, curated screening on cinema and letters
New Horizons Poland (in competition)
FICUNAM Mexico City, includes a regional tour of Mexican cities
Curitiba Brazil (in competition)
Palazzo Grassi Venice
BAFICI Buenos Aires
Indie-Lisboa Lisbon
Tate Modern London
Doc-Point Helsinki
Museum of Hunting & Nature Paris
Bozar Cinema, Fine Arts Centre, Brussels
Nova Cinema Brussels

2014
CAC Tallin
NYFF New York Projections
CPH-Dox Copenhagen
Rencontres Internationale Paris
IDFA Amsterdam
Viennale Vienna
Schermo dell'Arte Florence
Jihlava IDFF, Czech Republic
Valdivia Chile
Transcinema Peru
FNC Montreal
FID Marseille