$6 – $8

Public Hearing

Presented by SPACE and Points North Institute
ALL AGES

Event Information

Share this event

Date and Time

Location

Location

SPACE

538 Congress St

Portland, ME 04101

View Map

Refund Policy

Refund Policy

No Refunds

Event description
The third program celebrating one of the most exciting and unpredictable experimental filmmakers working today, James N. Kienitz Wilkins.

About this Event

dir. James N Kienitz Wilkins | 120 min | 2013 | ​(MoMA PS1, CPH:DOX/Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival, CIFF/Camden International Film Festival)

Public Hearing re-performs a rural American town meeting from a transcript downloaded as publicly available information. Shot entirely in cinematic close-up on black-and-white 16mm film, an ensemble cast read between the lines in an ironic debate over a proposed construction of a Walmart “supercenter” expansion in Allegany, New York on the site of a pre-existing Walmart.

"Parsing such designations between what does or doesn’t qualify as a documentary perhaps isn't the most illuminating point of inquiry into the film, especially as the engagement with documentary is only one historical antecedent that the film seems informed by without ever fully adhering to. At times, the performances recall the language of TV dramatizations, while the structuring use of the sourced transcript also hints at Duchamp and his modernist interest in readymades (something Wilkins also explored in his 2015 piece Tester in which the artist constructed a noir narrative around a found, unedited BetaSP tape)." - Jesse Cumming, MUBI Close-Up Notebook

Share with friends

Date and Time

Location

SPACE

538 Congress St

Portland, ME 04101

View Map

Refund Policy

No Refunds

Save This Event

Event Saved