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May Day Film: "An Injury to One" and discussion w/ filmmaker
Date Thursday May 03
Time 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Location Details
ATA (Artists’ Television Access) 992 Valencia St, at 21st, St., near 24th St. BART
Event Type Screening
Organizer/AuthorANSWER Coalition
Emailanswer [at] actionsf.org
Phone415-821-6545
Address2489 Mission St. #24
ANSWER Film Series – in commemoration of International Workers’ Day
“An Injury to One”

Award-winning filmmaker Travis Wilkerson will lead discussion and present the documentary “An Injury to One” Travis Wilkerson’s work has screened at scores of festivals worldwide, including Sundance, He is a co-founder of extremelowfrequency, a digitally based micro-distributor of radical cinema and culture.

“An Injury to One” provides a corrective—and absolutely compelling—glimpse of a particularly volatile moment in early 20th century American labor history: the rise and fall of Butte, Montana. Specifically, it chronicles the mysterious death of Wobbly organizer Frank Little, a story whose grisly details have taken on a legendary status in the state. Much of the extant evidence is inscribed upon the landscape of Butte and its surroundings. Thus, a connection is drawn between the unsolved murder of Little, and the attempted murder of the town itself.

Butte's history was entirely shaped by its exploitation by the Anaconda Mining Company, which, at the height of WWI, produced ten percent of the world's copper from the town's depths. War profiteering and the company's extreme indifference to the safety of its employees (mortality rates in the mines were higher than in the trenches of Europe) led to Little's arrival. "The agitator" found in the desperate, agonized miners overwhelming support for his ideas, which included the abolishment of the wage system and the establishment of a socialist commonwealth.

Archival footage mixes with deftly deployed intertitles, while the lyrics to traditional mining songs are accompanied by music from William Oldham, Jim O'Rourke, and the band Low, producing an appropriately moody, effulgent, and strangely out-of-time soundtrack. The result is a unique film/video hybrid that combines painterly images, incisive writing, and a bold graphic sensibility to produce an articulate example of the aesthetic and political possibilities offered by filmmaking in the digital age. 53min. 2003
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