PRESERVES / 醃製
*In Development / Pre-Production*
Feature Length Film
Genre: Hybrid Narrative/Documentary
Scheduled Production: Fall 2013 - Winter 2014 on location in Taiwan
© 2012-2013 S.K.Y. Productions and Nonetheless Productions
PRESERVES is a hybrid film that explores the little-known relationship between traditional Taiwanese pickled mustard greens (suan cai) and the island’s disappearing agricultural landscape — and how this friction comes to head within a bowl of beef noodle soup.
PRESERVES observes the process of growing and making “suan cai," as a way to explore the growing conflicts over the scarcity of land on the island between agricultural, industrial, and housing interests. With the trend in Taiwan to repurpose its farmlands for other uses, PRESERVES captures a way of life that is quickly transitioning and draw awareness to changes that Taiwan’s modernization brings to its culture through the viewpoint of food.
Blurring between documentary and fiction, the film uses intimate vignettes that will be collaborative in detailing our character's routines based on research and interviews. Through the course of one crop season (6-8 months), PRESERVES will intercut between the character portions with contrasting formalized documentary segments that follow the agricultural/manufacturing process. Together, these characters and the investigation of producing food, explore the effects of agriculture in Taiwan on the everyday individual and reflect the growing consciousness of how and what we consume.
Recipient of a 2012 Creative Capital Grant