Written and directed by David Shapiro, “Missing People” unfolds as a nonfiction mystery that follows eccentric New York gallery director Marina Batan whose 14-year-old brother was brutally murdered in 1978. The case remains unsolved.
Meanwhile, she’s also obsessively collecting and researching the life and work of Roy Ferdinand who until his death in 2004 made sexually graphic and violent works of art depicting African American identity in pre-Katrina New Orleans. Batan travels to Louisiana to investigate him further and ultimately ends up learning more about her own traumatic past than she expected.
Below, watch the exclusive trailer for the film, which world-premieres at Toronto’s Hot Docs Film Festival (April 23-May 3). The film was produced by David Shapiro, Alan Oxman and Michael Tubbs.