|Fall Film Series - American Independent Film Director: John Sayles|
Event Type: Adult - Main Library|
Start Time: 1:30 PM
LOCATION: ROTARY ROOM - Matewan (1987)Library: Fairfield Public Library
John Sayles entered American filmmaking in 1979 with his debut, Return of the Secaucus Seven. During the 70’s, these films were dubbed Art House Cinema. Today they’re known as Independent Cinema or “Indie.” Named independent, the genre and specifically the filmmaker refuses financial assistance, input, or control from Hollywood. Sayles writes, directs and edits all of his films. His partner in life and work, Maggie Renzi, produces. John has directed 18 films as well as hit music videos for Bruce Springsteen. The series examines Sayles’ career arc screening three important films, one each from the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s.
Filmed in the coal country of West Virginia, Matewan celebrates labor organizing in the context of a 1920s work stoppage. A union organizer, a scab, a sympathetic mayor and police chief heroically fight the power represented by a coal company and Matewan's vested interests so that justice and workers' rights need not take a back seat to squalid working conditions, exploitation and the bottom line. Starring Chris Cooper, James Earl Jones, Mary McDonnell, Will Oldham, David Strathairn, Ken Jenkins, Kevin Tight, and Gordon Clapp.
Presenter and Reference Librarian Philip Bahr’s responsibilities include collection development for DVDs at the library. He blogs daily, reviewing film and television series.Status: Closed