BLACK CANARIES (2016)

Isolated, desperate, and haunted by his coal-stained birthright, Clarence Lockwood continues his daily descent into the accursed Maple mine—even after it has crippled his father and blinded his youngest son. Set in 1907 and based on director Jesse Kreitzer’s own coalmining ancestry, Black Canaries is a powerful meditation on patrimony, loyalty, and love.

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CAST

Father - Patrick Towne
Mother - Ananka Kahlmeyer
Boy - Andrew Stewart
Grandfather - John Connet
Child - River Quinn
Photographer - Peter Taft
Narrator - Lawrence Steuer

CREW

Writer, Producer, Director - Jesse Kreitzer
Director of Photography - Daniel Cojanu
Editor - Jesse Kreitzer
Assistant Camera - Aaron Riggs, Matt Bressoudt, Joshua Yates
Production Sound - Brian MacQueen
Gaffer - Max Moore
Grip - Ruokun Yi
Original Music - Jose Parody
Sound Supervisor - Austin DeVries
Sound Design - Austin DeVries, Filipe Antunes
PAs - Alina Kulpaviciute, Joseph Mulvania, Chenchen Zou
Additional Camera - Jesse Kreitzer
Costumes - Sasha Hildebrand
Props - Tim Linden
Fiddle - Eric George
Scenic Design - Leslie Delavan, Richard Burke
Visual Effects - Zachary Hayes
Storyboard Illustrator - Benjamin Mackey

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STATUS

Film Festival Release

OFFICIAL SELECTION & AWARDS

Ashland Independent Film Festival
     *Special Jury Recognition for Short Film
White River Independent Film Festival
Green Mountain Film Festival
Woodstock Film Festival
     *Finalist, Best Short Film
Oldenburg International Film Festival
     *Nominee, German Independence Award - Best Short Film
Vermont International Film Festival
    *Winner, James Goldstone Award for Emerging Vermont Filmmaker
    *Winner, Best Cinematography

Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival
     *Vermont Symphony Orchestra Award for Music Integration
HollyShorts Film Festival
     *Grand Jury Award, Best Film
     *Grand Jury Award, Best Cinematography
Provincetown International Film Festival
     *Grand Jury Award, Best New England Short Film
Woods Hole Film Festival
     *Director's Award, Best Cinematography
Rural Route Film Festival
Huesca International Film Festival
IFFBoston
Rainier Independent Film Festival
Julien Dubuque International Film Festival
Newport Beach Film Festival

PRESS

Ashland Daily Tidings, AIFF Awards Announced
Little Village, UI Film Grad Wins Back-to-Back Grand Jury Prizes
Iowa Alumni Magazine, Letters to the Editor
Berklee College of Music, Students Create Score...
Iowa Alumni Magazine, Feature: Black Canaries
Little Village, Mining Family History
Little Village, Jesse Kreitzer Unearths the Past
Iowa City Press Citizen, Inspired by Ancestors
Seven Days, Canaries in a Cinematic Coal Mine
Daily Iowan, Mining Cinema
The Commons, Driven to Tell Stories
Boston Globe, Are There Contenders in the Glovebox?
Lanterna, Newsletter Campaign
Kickstarter, Crowdfunding Campaign

DIRECTOR'S STATEMENT

My great-grandfather Thomas Chapman spent his life mining coal in foothills of Maple, Iowa; a small town that dried up along with the coal in the early 1900s.  In 2013, I moved to central Iowa and spent the next three years unearthing the stories of my mother’s past.  I was welcomed by extended family and together we drudged through state archives, digitized photo collections, and recorded oral histories of those who grew up in Iowa’s coal camps.  Black Canaries is an ode to my ancestors; a lyrical meditation on labor, isolation and fatigue that honors a collective cultural heritage formed and lost in the depths of Americana.

 

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CHAPMAN/HOLLAND FAMILY PHOTO ARCHIVE