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preceded by: Backyard
Sunday 5:00 p.m., Vinegar Hill
2012. USA/France. 87 min. Director: Ross McElwee.
Filmmaker Ross McElwee (Sherman’s March, Bright Leaves) finds himself in frequent conflict with his son, a young adult who seems addicted to and distracted by the virtual worlds of the internet. To understand his fractured love for his son, McElwee travels back to St. Quay-Portrieux in Brittany for the first time in decades to retrace his own journey into adulthood. The film is a meditation on the passing of time, the praxis of photography and film, and the digital versus analog divide.
1984. USA. 40 min. Director: Ross McElwee.
McElwee has said that Backyard was like a trial run, a practice lap for his classic documentary Sherman’s March. A series of vignettes both wryly funny and bittersweet, the short film is the result of a summer McElwee spent returning to visit his family home in Charlotte, North Carolina. An unexpected diorama of Southern society, it introduces the audience to the family of the filmmaker, as well as their cook, their yardman who moonlights as a beekeeper, and the quiet, casual racism that is constantly tossed about for these individuals.
Discussion with Ross McElwee and Adrian McElwee