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Synopsis
A hidden enclave in the shadow of the New York Mets' new stadium, the neighborhood of Willets Point is an industrial zone fated for demolition. Filled with scrapyards and auto salvage shops, lacking sidewalks or sewage lines, the area seems ripe for urban development. But Foreign Parts discovers a strange community where wrecks, refuse and recycling form a thriving commerce. Cars are stripped, sorted and cataloged by brand and part, then resold to an endless parade of drive-thru customers. Joe, the last original resident, rages and rallies through the street like a lost King Lear, trying to contest his imminent eviction. Two lovers, Sara and Luis, struggle for food and safety through the winter while living in an abandoned van. Julia, the homeless queen of the junkyard, exalts in her beatific visions of daily life among the forgotten. The film observes and captures the struggle of a contested "eminent domain" neighborhood before its disappearance under the capitalization of New York's urban ecology.





Véréna Paravel

Véréna Paravel is a filmmaker, artist and anthropologist who work at the sensory ethnography lab at harvard university. Her work is on the permanent collection of the museum of modern art, new york, and has been screened at the afi, bafici, berlin, cph:fox, locarno, new york, toronto, and viennale film festivals and exhibited at the centre pompidou and the tate modern.

Filmography
Leviathan (2012)
Foreign Parts (2010)
Interface Series (2009)
7 Queens (2008)

Contact
verena.paravel@gmail.com





J.P. Sniadecki

Sniadecki was born on a goat farm in Michigan, grew up in the rustbelt of Northern Indiana, and has lived and worked for several years in China. His films screen at at museums and galleries, such as the Guggenheim, the MoMA, the Museum of Natural History, the MAC in Vienna, the UCCA in Beijing, and the upcoming 2014 Whitney Biennale, as well as at festivals such as the Berlinale, the New York Film Festival, the Vancouver International Film Festival, and Edinburgh International Film Festival. His work has also received several awards, including the Joris Ivens Award at Cinema du Reel for Chaiqian/Demolition (2008), a Jury Award at FICUNAM for Yumen (2013), as well as the Best Anthropological Film award at Festival dei Popoli and Best Cinematography award at the Ann Arbor Film Festival for People’s Park (2012) co-directed with Libbie Cohn. He is currently an Assistant Professor in the Performing and Media Arts Department at Cornell University.

Filmography
Yumen (2013)
People’s Park (2012)
Foreign Parts (2010)
The Yellow Bank (2010)
Sichuan Triptych (2010)
Chaiqian / Demolition (2008)
Songhua (2007)

Contact
jpsniadecki@gmail.com




Selected Screenings

Melbourne International Film Festival
CCCB - Centro de cultura contemporana de Barcelona
Anûû rû âboro - New Caledonia
Locarno Film Festival 63rd edition, 2010

New York Film Festival (October 10th) 2010
Vancouver International Film Festival 2010
Filmfest Hamburg 2010
Valdivia International Film Festival 2010
VIENNALE 2010
Festival dei Popoli 2010
Unknown Pleasures / Berlin
Dochouse / Brussels
DocsBarcelona
Festival Internacional de Cine en la Ciudad de México
Spokane International Film Festival
Punto de Vista
True /False Film Fest
Bradford International Film Festival



Screenings 2011
March 18
Chicago Filmmakers
March 10-16 MOMA Museum of Modern Art New York
March 22- 27
Ann Arbor Film Festival
March 26-April 3
Cinema du Reel / Paris
March 30-April 4 Wisconsin International Film Festival
April 6-16
BAFICI / Buenos Aires
April 7-15 Tiburon International Film Festival
April 21-May 5
San Francisco International Film Festival
April Calarts
April Harvard Film Archive
April 7-11 Ashland Film Festival
April 28-May 6 Jeonju International Film Festival



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Press/Reviews

New York Times (Critic's Pick)
Time Out
Village Voice
Village Voice
BoxOffice Magazine
Vox Magazine
Vox Talk
New York Times
ELMOSTRADOR

OTROSCINES

Huffington Post
MediaRights
Variety

MUBI

TIME OUT
NAZIONE INDIANA
RAPPORTO CONFIDENZIALE
indieWIRE
SLANT Magazine
Reverse Shot
Cinema Scope
Wall Street Journal
SCHEMA MAGAZINE
New York Times
SCOPE
indieWIRE
CINEMATICAL
LA LECTORA PROVISORIA
PROJECTION PUBLIQUE



Credits

Camera, sound, editing: Véréna Paravel and J.P. Sniadecki
Producers: Véréna Paravel and J.P. Sniadecki
Sound mix: Ernst Karel
Post-production: Modulus Studios




Support
Sensory Ethnography Lab
Film Study Center
LEF

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