Public Hearing

  • United States
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A civic transcript buried on the internet is regenerated as a feature film, word-for-word and entirely in close-up. Public Hearing is the verbatim re-performance of a rural American town meeting from a transcript downloaded as publicly available information. Shot entirely in cinematic close-up on black-and-white 16mm film, a cast of actors and non-actors read between the lines in an ironic debate over the replacement of an existing Wal-Mart with a super Wal-Mart.

The subtitles are created with Google Translate, which takes its intelligence from available texts on the internet, just like the transcript for Public Hearing which was downloaded as public information from the town website. Considered as a supplemental side project, the imperfect Google subtitles reflect what is lost in translation within an echo chamber of globalization. Subtitles are provided in languages representing the Doc Alliance.

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  • Original Title
    Public Hearing
  • Direction
  • Cinematography
    Dan Fridman
  • Music
    Eugene Wasserman
  • Sound
    Josh Allen, Harold Batista
  • Runtime
    109 min (91+ min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • United States
  • Format
    • Black & White
  • Production
  • Festivals
    • The Nightingale, Chicago, Illinois
    • VISIONS: Documentary and Experimental Cinema, Montréal, Québec
    • UnionDocs Center for Documentary Art, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY
    • ReFocus, Toronto, Ontario
    • John Hopkins Film Festival, Baltimore, MD
    • Jihlava International Documentary Festival, Jihlava, Czech Republic
    • Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival, Brazil
    • Camden International Film Festival, Camden, Maine
    • Northwest Film Forum (N-E-X D-O-C-S), Seattle, Washington
    • Lima Independiente Festival III - Internacional de Cine, Lima, Peru
    • DISTRITAL, Mexico City, Mexico
    • IndieLisboa 2013, Lisbon, Portugal
    • Punto de Vista 2013, Pamplona, Spain
    • CPH:DOX 2012 (New Vision Competition), Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Awards
    • Lima Independiente Festival III - Internacional de Cine, Lima, Peru, WINNER: ACTIVISM AWARD is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

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