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Sparrow Songs

The culmination of a 12-month project which saw director Alex Jablonski and cameraman Michael Totten shoot one new mini-documentary a month, and broadcast it online: a series fascinating and poetic portraits of people, groups and places around Greater Los Angeles.

Each month for a year, director Alex Jablonski and cameraman Michael Totten filmed a new documentary. From November 2009 to October 2010, they placed a new film online: short, poetic portraits of people, groups and places around Greater Los Angeles. The 12 stories feature some special subjects – a circus owner, a karaoke bar with porn stars, the nocturnal clientele of a doughnut shop – but they are primarily about larger, universal themes.

At first sight, the story of musician John Wood, who has been recording a complete new album every month since November 2006, would appear to be a too coincidental opener for this series. Ultimately, it’s about love between the musician and his muse, a woman named Lisa. The portrait of the minor league baseball team called the Lancaster Jethawks isn’t as much about baseball as it is about the long-gone hope of a dozen or so players to make it to the majors. But even the simple story of the first year of marriage for a couple gets a deeper layer from the filmmakers.

Without getting too explicit, the 12 films tell us what it means to live these days. For IDFA DocLab, filmmaker Alex Jablonski created a live version of Sparrow Songs in the cinema.

Project details

Year of development :2010
Created by:Alex Jablonski
With:Michael Totten

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