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Portrait of a New England
farm: back and there again.
family-run farm is a staple of romantic Americana. Industrialization's reformation
of our material and ideological makeup brought with it an idealized notion of
the Farm as a point of origin and innocence, and in so doing created a cultural
rift between agriculturists and bourgeois. Film's entry onto the cultural stage
coincided with the high watermark of industrial hegemony in the Western world,
and as a product of Industry, provided a new representational language for bourgeois
culture. As such, the character of the lens through which the filmmaker posits
the Farm has been either romantic or ethnographic.
This film brings the aesthetics
of that romanticism to a rather complicated crossroad, creating, through the maker's
necessarily bourgeois eye and means, an ersatz cycle of life that resists simplicity.
layering effects in this film were shot in-camera)
a Bit / Back
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(November 2003) 16mm 7:00
CAST: Rock-On-Bye &
Post Facilities courtesy of Emerson College
Processed and Printed at
Cut by Northeast Negative Matchers