The Prairie Trilogy
Cine Manifest member Judy Irola documents the collective’s reunion after thirty years in this frank, often hilarious investigation of the hopes, ideals, and sometimes messy realities of life in a leftist 1970s film collective.
This East Bay–made drama explores the politics of everyday life in America through the experiences of a working-class couple caught between their assembly-line reality and a dream of stepping up. “A deeply sensitive, perceptive film, and an important precursor to a whole host of independent American films to come” (Anthology Film Archives).
This winner of the 1979 Camera d'Or prize at Cannes is a stunning, gritty re-creation of Midwestern agrarian life circa 1915, tracing the origins of the Nonpartisan League, a short-lived grassroots political movement against corporate takeovers.
John Hanson and Rob Nilsson uncover a forgotten progressive history with this rousing trilogy of shorts on the life of North Dakota poet and socialist organizer Henry Martinson, that “sunniest of radicals” (Village Voice).