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Between the Bottomlands & the World

Overview

Genre
Environment, Minorities, Social Issues, and Culture
Synopsis

Between the Bottomlands & the World explores Beardstown, IL, a rural Midwestern town of 6000 people--a place of global exchange and international mobility, inscribed by post-NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement) realities.
The video series tells a story of Beardstown in three acts.
Act One: Submerging Land, portrays a landscape massively engineered to redirect water for the production of commodity crops.
Act Two: Granular Space, is a meditation on the movement and scale of the international grain trade--from one seed to millions of bushels, moved from field, to elevator, to barge, to ocean going vessel.
Act Three: Moving Flesh, chronicles how and why so many people from around the world have come to Beardstown, a formerly all-white, Sundown town of 6000 people.
Moving Flesh is based on the research, analysis and fieldwork of Faranak Miraftab. See her book "Global Heartland"

Stage
finished
Running time
12, 12 or 55 minutes

Credits

  • Ryan Griffis ... Camera, Director, Writer
  • Sarah Ross ... Camera, Director, Writer
  • M. Anthony Reimer ... Sound Design and Audio Mix
  • Casey Puccini ... Additional Camera, color-correction
  • Mark Cooley ... Composer, Original Score
  • Karen Alderidge ... actor
  • John Gray ... actor
  • Saren Nofs-Snyder ... actor
  • Yunuen Pardo ... actor
  • Mateo Smith ... actor
  • Eddie Torres ... actor

Production Details

Country
United States
Years of Production
2010-2015
Locations
Beardstown, Illinois

Distribution Details

Release year
2015
Language
English, Spanish, French
Subtitles
English, Spanish, French

Photos

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