Kim Spurlock (USA)

Kim Spurlock received her M.F.A. in Film at New York University (NYU), where she directed several award-winning short films, including Down in Number 5, winner of a Student Academy Award–Oscar®. Her feature projects include A Case of the Dismals, which was selected for the Venice Biennale Cinema College and awarded a grant by the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), and Kin, a Sundance Lab finalist that was selected for the Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP) Emerging Visions and the Artists’ Academy at the Film Society at Lincoln Center. Kim’s web series Livin’ the Dream, a comedy created with her sister Mai and set in New York City’s indie film world, was named Best Bet by Bust Magazine and will make its European festival premiere in Marseilles in October 2016.

A Case of the Dismals — Troubled New York photographer Willa Caul returns home to Appalachia after a body is discovered in an abandoned mine — a body that might be her mother who disappeared when she was 13.