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Plain Talk: Films by Jon Jost & Pam Minty

Fri, Dec 08 at 7:00PM

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Filmmakers Jon Jost & Pam Minty in attendance.

HIGH LAKES by Pam Minty (20 min)

High Lakes combines staged scenes along with observational documentary recordings of summer housekeeping work at a lakeside resort in the Oregon Cascades. The film’s voice-over sound track includes interviews with family, friends and colleagues discussing their own past work experiences. These voices are accompanied by personal reflections of Minty’s time working in resort housekeeping, and raises questions about precarious work, both its place in the economy, and what it means for the future of work. This film was funded in part through the Oregon Media Fellowship and the Regional Arts & Culture Council.

Plain Talk is a complex essay-film, a follow-up a decade and some years later to Speaking Directly, and so another State of the Nation discourse, made for Britain's Channel Four in the year 1986-87. The work involved extensive travel around the United States, and poses an examination of just what America is/was, or what do we mean when we speak of it. Done in a series of radically different sections which collide with each other in a manner intended to provoke thinking, Plain Talk, which was made by an American and intended for American viewers, was indeed broadcast in Britain, but somewhat predictably, not in the USA.

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