(James N. Kienitz Wilkins, 2012, United States, Blu-ray, 110 min)
Wednesday, Jun 26 at 08:00PM
When history remembers our society, how well will it read between the lines? Public Hearing, a tense and hilarious reenactment of the minutes from an American town meeting, digs for an answer. Bickering over how much space the new Wal-Mart should take up in town, citizens and governors take part in a much graver fight below the surface: a struggle for authority in this mini-model of American democracy. From its overwhelming close-up shots to its use of PowerPoint slides from the real town meeting, Public Hearing turns our civilization's republican customs into absurdities, in a transformation whose most startling feature is its effortlessness.
Northwest Film Forum (View)
1515 12th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122