How Are You Doing, Rūdolf Ming? (Kā tev klājas, Rūdolf Ming?)
Dir. Roberts Rubins. 2010, 60 mins., Latvia. U.S. premiere. Latvian thirteen-year-old Rūdolf Ming’s near-obsessive passion for film and violence is captured in this complex, intimate documentary. Troubled and gifted, Rūdolf has hobbies that include constructing booby traps and making explosives. However, his true calling appears to be filmmaking; he draws bloody scenes frame by frame on long, thin strips of parchment paper. Rūdolf adds live narration to the voice of every character in his scripts while simultaneously moving the homemade filmstrips in front of an old slide projector.
Preceded by short films: Hauling Sharks (Robert Gardner, 10 mins., Eritrea); Charlie Cline and the Lonesome Pine Fiddlers (Prod. Mountain Community Television/Appalshop. 1977, 6 mins.) Our Summers Made Her Light Escape (Sasha Waters Freyer, 2012, 5 mins., New York premiere.); Morning Glory (Robert Todd, 2011, 14 mins., U.S.); Crosshairs (Mike Hoath, 2011, 12 mins., Australia. New York premiere).