MISSING PEOPLE by David Shapiro – Documentary Competition
(2015, USA, 79 min, US premiere)
LAFF Special Critics Award winner David Shapiro returns to the Los Angeles Film Festival with his second feature-length documentary MISSING PEOPLE. A nonfiction mystery about Marina Batan, the director of a prominent New York gallery, who investigates her brother’s long unsolved while obsessively collecting the violent work of an outsider artist from New Orleans. As Martina struggles to process the information she has dug up, the inevitable collision of these parallel narratives leads to a chain of dramatic events. From David Shapiro, the acclaimed director of KEEP THE RIVER ON YOUR RIGHT (IFC, 2001) winner of the LAFF Special Critics Award, the Independent Spirit Award, IDFA Jury Prize, and Emmy-nominated FINISHING HEAVEN (HBO, 2009).
Critical acclaim for MISSING PEOPLE:
The Hollywood Reporter (Sheri Linden): “Shapiro […] has made art of [Martina Batan’s] very personal investigation, through a chronicle that’s intimate, gripping and sharply observed.
Variety (Dennis Harvey): “a compelling tale entwining the upscale New York art scene and New Orleans ghetto life.”
Indiewire (Anthony Kaufman): “MISSING PEOPLE” is a powerful and subtly touching portrait of psychological trauma and loneliness.”
Press day: David Shapiro is available for interviews in LA on Sat June 13