The Nine


Sequoia 2 Tue, Oct 11, 2016 9:00 PM
Lark Theatre Wed, Oct 12, 2016 2:30 PM
Film Info
Section:Valley of the Docs
Mind the Gap
Running Time:94 min.
Director:Katy Grannan
Producer:Marc Smolowitz
Katy Grannan
Screenwriter:Katy Grannan
Artimese Fairley (Kiki)
Cinematographer:Katy Grannan
Editor:Stephen Berger
Print Source:Marc Smolowitz
Note Writer:Frako Loden


In a shabby motel room in California's Central Valley, Kiki showers, fixes her hair and cheerfully repeats her father's promise to buy her a condo. Outside her door is a living hell of drugs, prostitution, and bitter regrets. This is Modesto's South Ninth Street, or "the Nine," a neighborhood on the nightmare end of the American dream and the setting for dustbowl stories like Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath and the hard-luck portraits of Dorothea Lange. Katy Grannan's intimate documentary explores the lives of those who struggle with their past tragedies and current addictions. The filmmaker’s delicate but deepening focus on the mystery of Kiki—whose clinging, childlike world-view belongs to someone a fraction of her actual age—looks for answers in those around her, who still dream of reuniting with their children, working a garden, running a mud wrestling club. Despite their ravaged lives, their songs burst out with a terrible and unflinching beauty.

Guests in attendance 10/11 & 10/12: Katy Grannan (director), Marc Smolowitz (producer), John McNeil (executive producer) and Nils Peyron (executive producer)

Additional Information

Katy Grannan discovered a passion for photography early in life, after her grandmother gave her a Kodak Instamatic 124. She was first recognized for an intimate series of portraits depicting strangers she met through newspaper advertisements. The Nine, Grannan’­s first feature film, is an intimate, at times disturbing, view into an America most would rather ignore. The film is less a window into a foreign world than a distorted mirror reflecting our own shared existence. Grannan’s photographs are included in collections such as the Guggenheim Museum, MOMA, SFMOMA, and LACMA. There are 5 monographs of her work.