The Slow Business of Going

The Slow Business of Going

Petra Going is a migrant cyborg, an agent of the Global Nomad Project: an international “Experience Data Agency” which sends hundreds of “receivers” like her to wander the globe and record a succession of random encounters. Periodically, they return to agency headquarters, where they deposit their accumulated memories into an archive. This archive is available to users, who then vicariously and virtually inhabit the ready-made landscapes of touristic consciousness. The motto of the GNP: “Nostalgia for Rent.” Filmed over five years in constant motion, developed in collaboration with its actors through dramatic improvisations and autobiography, The Slow Business of Going spans both geography and genre: from slapstick to surrealism, from film noir to science fiction, from tragedy to travelog, from multimedia to melodrama. A chronicle of collisions between male and female, the corporate and the corporeal, the personal and the global, The Slow Business of Going is a tribute to a century of cinema and to the new millennium of technomadic visions.
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Direction: Athina Rachel Tsangari
Script: Athina Rachel Tsangari, Daniel Aukin, Jim Davis, Matt Johnson, Mike Martin, Lizzie Martínez, Steve Moore, Tasca Shadix, Kenny Strickland
Cinematography: Deborah Eve Lewis
Editing: Matt Johnson, Leah Bowers
Music: Mark Orton, Tim Hat Trio
Actors: Lizzie Martinez, Daniel Aukin, Mike Martin, Steve Moore, Maria Tsantsanoglou, Gary Price, Kenny Strickland, Sandra Carter, Suzanne Pinette, Lauren Pithey-Perie
Production: Haos Film
Producer/Producers: Athina Rachel Tsangari, Matthew Johnson
Co-production: Cinemanomad
Costumes: Melanie Armstrong
Sets: Tom Dornbush
Format: DCP
Color: Color
Production Country: USA, Greece
Production Year: 2001
Duration: 101΄
World Sales: Haos Film,
Awards/Distinctions: Best of 2001 – The “Village Voice” Critics’ Poll NY 2002 Best Film Award – New York Underground Film Festival 2002 Best Film Award – Lausanne Film Festival 2002 Best Direction – Anchorage IFF 2001 “Best of the Fest” Audience Award – Edinburgh IFF 2001 Special Mention “New Look” – Rotterdam IFF 2001

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