The following text is from a CORRA email:
REVUE CINEMA –
February 20, 2014
To CORRA Members, Resident and Ratepayer Executives:
Passing along a cinema event “Public Hearing” by James N. Kienitz Wilkins (2012) that may be of interest to you and your RA members. It makes its Canadian premiere in Toronto on:
February 27, 2014 at the Revue Cinema
400 Roncesvalles Avenue, Toronto
THIS SHOWING IS FREE
A civic transcript about a Walmart expansion is regenerated as a feature film, word-for-word and entirely in close-up.
16mm-to-HD / B&W / 110 min / USA
Directed and produced by James N. Kienitz Wilkins
Original music by Eugene Wasserman
The trailer may be view here or copy this link into your browser, http://public.automaticmoving.com/.
The February 20, 2014 review from “The Star” is extracted below:
“Public Hearing: Some screenwriters labour long and hard to create the stuff of great cinema. Others find what they need in more surprising wellsprings.
How surprising? In the case of Public Hearing — a deeply odd American film that makes its Canadian premiere in Toronto this week — it’s the complete transcript of a civic meeting in the town of Allegany, N.Y., in which local citizens debate the merits of a proposal to expand the local Walmart.
Discovered by chance on the town’s website by director James N. Kienitz Wilkins, it’s the kind of document that typically attracts little notice. Yet the Brooklyn-based filmmaker and self-professed “Internet archeologist” found it so compelling that he enlisted actors to perform the transcript verbatim while shooting them in a series of black-and-white close-ups.
While this unique endeavour may sound like a prank, Public Hearing proves to be one of the most remarkable not-quite-documentaries of recent years. It’s hard to think of a more conventional film that so effectively illustrates the messy nature of democracy or the clashing imperatives of corporate giants, small-town politicians and defenders of vulnerable communities. With its stark yet stylized presentation, Wilkins’ movie is variously reminiscent of an Edward R. Murrow news special, a David Mamet play and a poverty-row film noir. The latest pick in the Refocus series of under-heralded indie flicks at the Revue Cinema, Public Hearing plays for free on Feb. 27 at 9:15 p.m.”
From CORRA’s Executive team,
Confederation of Resident and Ratepayer Associations in Toronto
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