Dead Slow Ahead
Dead Slow Ahead follows the journey of an enormous shipping freighter, Fair Lady, transporting wheat across the Atlantic Ocean. When a leak springs in the ship’s hull, the crew must work methodically and tirelessly to save the wheat aboard the ship. The hypnotic rhythm of both the boat’s gears and the film itself reveals the continuous movement of the machinery devouring its workers. Perhaps it is a boat adrift, or maybe just the last example of an endangered species, the old sailors’ trade. This experimental narrative-documentary hybrid screened at the South by Southwest Film Festival and won the Special Jury Award at the Locarno Film Festival.