Unmade in China, directors Gil Kofman and Tanner Barklow

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Unmade in China follows American director Gil Kofman as he travels to Xiamen, China to direct the Republic’s first ever thriller, Case Sensitive. Once there he discovers that the old adage of making a film three times, once in the writing, once in the shooting and once in the editing, is in fact just the opposite in his host country, where his film is unmade three times. Undaunted by his inability to speak or understand the Mandarin language, Kofman directs his frequently recast actors through a translator as government censorship and constant cultural mishaps hijack his script and derail production. Like Man of la Mancha set in Communist China, there has never been a film quite like this. Director Gil Kofman (Case Sensitive) and director Tanner Barklow (Unmade in China) joins us for a conversation about the travails and triumphs of filmmaking in the People’s Republic.

“Gutsy, hilarious 
filmmaking with global
 balance-of-power resonance.”
- Ross McElwee 

“A brilliant documentary…
Gil Kofman is some 
sort of genius.”
- Gig City

“This documentary
 is superb. I loved 
every little bit of it…
Top 10 film of 2012″
- Film Bizarro

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