Documentary Short Competition presented by You42


"Sandcastles" parallels two Singapores: one in Southeast Asia, and one buried on the western coast of Michigan. On top of sharing the same name, these two places also share a fraught relationship with sand.

Singapore, Michigan was a thriving lumber town in the late 19th century until erosion from mass deforestation caused the sand dunes around it to shift and swallow the town whole. Just as quickly as Singapore, Michigan disappeared under sand, its namesake in the East emerged from it through land reclamation.

The film weaves a narrative that intertwines the two Singapores to depict the temporal nature of human edifices built on and destroyed by nothing more than sand.

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photo of Carin Jin-Yi Leong
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Jacob Fertig

Denizen Studios

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Carin Jin-Yi Leong

Executive Producer:

Charlotte Cook


Carin Jin-Yi Leong, James Qiu, Martin Loh, Jaydn Ray Gosselin, Jacob Fertig



Kristen Fitzpatrick

Public Film Contact:

Kristen Fitzpatrick
Field of Vision

Publicity Contact:

Layla Hancock-Piper
(917) 963-2448

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16 mins