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Groundwork / Backyard 2

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Film Identifier: F.2011-01-0145
Run Time
0h 10m 54s
Date Produced
"Groundwork / Backyard 2," along with its counterpart "Groundwork" (F.2011-01-0146) appears to be a version of "Groundwork (Original)" (F.2011-01-0171) edited for presentation as double projection, in which the left and right portions of the film would be presented side by side simultaneously. The film is a poetic tribute to the establishment of the maple farm in Monterey, MA, owned and operated by JoAnn Elam's friend Bonner McAllester and her husband Joe Baker. Elam and McAllester were close friends since their time at Antioch College together, and Elam would return to the farm and make films many times through the 1980s. Using double exposure and occasional rapid editing, this film follows McAllester, Baker, and a group of friends as they live in the teepee first built on the property, dig the foundation for a more permanent structure, harvest and prepare their crops, and build a new wooden structure on top of the dug-out foundation. Elam films the workers with a focus on their bodies and hands, emphasizing the tactility of their labor, but at other times also foregrounds the ethereal quality of their natural surroundings.
Main Credits
Elam, JoAnn (is filmmaker)
Actors, Performers and Participants
McAllester, Bonner (is participant)
Baker, Joe (is participant)
Related Place
Monterey (represents)