‘How to Breathe in Kern County’ by Chris Filippone

by The MovieBabble Staff

As the workday grinds to a halt, a gathering of street racers makes way for the backroads of Bakersfield to find catharsis.


Nick Kush: So little is said throughout How to Breathe in Kern County, but the images Filippone crafts do a lot of talking. The short constantly interrogates the duality of work and relaxation. It’s freeing to see these people race, but at the same time, smog covers the terrain. The anxiety of living paycheck to paycheck by way of pervasive pollution makes for an excellent critique of working-class conditions; yet, it’s still beautiful to watch everyone try to exhale.


Berlinale, 2019
Chicago International Film Festival, 2019
Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival, 2020
Hamptons International Film Festival, 2019
New Orleans Film Festival, 2019
Aesthetica Short Film Festival, 2019
Denver Film Festival, 2019
Subversive Film Festival, 2019
Antimatter, 2019
MIDBO, 2019
FestiFreak, 2019
Festival International Signes de Nuit, 2019
Athens International Film and Video Festival, 2020
San Diego Underground Film Festival, 2019
Istanbul International Experimental Film Festival, 2019
Palm Springs International Shortfest, 2019
SF Indiefest, 2020
Kinofilm Festival, 2020
Vimeo Live Director’s Commentary Screening, 2019
Drunken Film Festival, 2019

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Nick Kush July 30, 2021 - 9:34 am

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