Screened as part of NZIFF 2013

King of Caravans/A Story for the Modlins 

Two short docos invite us into two very odd, very different personal domains. Zoe McIntosh found her King of Caravans at a motel caravan park in Whanganui. A Story for the Modlins uncovers a reclusive American family in Madrid.

In English
51 minutes

We pair two short documentaries inviting us into two very odd, very different personal domains.

King of Caravans 2013

Director, Producer

Photography

Gareth Moon
,
Simon Burgin

Editors

Costa Botes
,
Zoe McIntosh

Music

Peter Hobbs
25 minutes

Zoe McIntosh introduces us to Peter One, King of Caravans, and his realm, the Bignell Street Motel Caravan Park in Whanganui. Bignell Street has a reputation for being a place of last resort for the down and out, where people with nowhere else to go can always find a caravan roof for their heads. A social butterfly and a self-admitted garage sale addict, motel manager Peter says he acts as a de facto social worker to the weird and wonderful itinerant inhabitants of his trailer park, although some claim he’s just as strange and desperate as they are.

A Story for the Modlins 2012

Director, Producer

Screenplay

Carlos Muguiro
,
Emilio Tomé
,
Sergio Oksman

Photography

Miguel Amoedo

Editors

Fernando Franco
,
Sergio Oksman

Elsewhere

Spain In English
26 minutes

One morning in 2003 Spanish filmmaker Sergio Oksman found the remnants of another eccentric enclave: hundreds of photographs, documents and videotapes dumped on a Madrid sidewalk. Combing through the materials, Oksman pieces together A Story for the Modlins, a family of American expats who had lived a strange and isolated existence shut up inside a dark Madrid apartment for  30 years.