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Preview ‘I Want To Be An American’ – 7 Filmmakers, 6 Films (Global Indie Filmmaking Experience)

Preview 'I Want To Be An American' - 7 Filmmakers, 6 Films (Global Indie Filmmaking Experience)

7 filmmakers repping the USA, Mexico, South Africa, Australia, and India in 6 short films that make up the 70-minute-long documentary feature, I Want To Be An American.

The film will make its World Premiere at the Slamdance Film Festival, January 21st, 2013, and simultaneously online at

In the spirit of the surrealist parlor game Exquisite Corpse, each filmmaker makes a documentary short film based on imagery forwarded on by the previous filmmaker in the chain. Their stories are joined together to form a global independent filmmaking experience.

The 6 short films are as follows:

I Want To Be An American – Director: Dale Yudelman Stix – a 19-year-old youth has lived on the streets of Cape Town and the suburb of Manenburg all his life. The Americans he mentions are a notorious gang on the Cape Flats, but what Stix really wants is to see the world and America someday.

Clown In The Crowd – Director: Maya Newell Yani – a 29-year-old Peruvian refugee, leads a double life: part wife and mother, part clown.

Aidee – Director: Dylan Verrechia – The story of Aidee, a stripper living in Tijuana struggling relentlessly to provide her daughter with a good education and a better life.

Suzanne Takes Me Down – Director: Q – Through the course of one night, Suzanne, a transgender sex worker, walks the streets of Kolkata, confessing her dreams.

Listen – Director: Monteith McCollum – A story about man’s love affair with shortwave radio.

All About Eve – Director: Peter Baxter Eve –  an outgoing 12-year-old girl living in Hollywood, California is preparing to meet the world and life in the 21st Century.

Rosa – Director: Daniel J. Harris – Rosa is about a traditional wedding song in Cape Malay culture, now sung mostly at choral competitions.

This is the first Slamdance-produced documentary feature – what it calls a global independent filmmaking experience.

Watch the trailer below:

I want to be an American Trailer (2013) from filmfoto on Vimeo.

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