In this captivating take on documentary co-creation, Kelly Saeturn and her boyfriend, Tony Saelio, both refugees from Laos who grew up in the US, record a year and a half of their own lives as Kelly balances her hopes to attend college, a pregnancy, and her relationship with Tony, an ex-con trying to reform. Kelly Loves Tony is the second film in a trilogy all made in similar ways by Spencer Nakasako, who met his documentary protagonists while teaching filmmaking at a youth media center in San Francisco’s Tenderloin District. These films pioneered the collaborative processes that many American filmmakers later adopted, but Kelly Loves Tony stands out for its dueling perspectives and canny use of the video diary.
This film is featured in the strand Tradition Re-framed, part of the Constellating Histories: Encountering Asian American Diasporas Onscreen programme. For the full programme lineup please click here.
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