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Garden 85

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Film Identifier: F.2011-01-0243
Run Time
0h 30m 23s
Format
8mm
Color
Color
Sound
Silent
Date Produced
1985
Abstract
One of the longest of the garden films in the JoAnn Elam Collection, "Garden 85" appears to document the entirety of the 1985 growing season of Elam's backyard garden in Logan Square, Chicago. From the beginning, Elam is shown preparing the land and planting the crops, with some of the earliest footage directly related to "Collards Garden 1985" (F.2011-01-0116). From then on, the film follows her in her meditative work as the plants grow larger, produce a variety of vegetables like tomatoes, peas, bell peppers, and eggplant, and eventually die to be cleared out for the next year. Leader occasionally appearing in between segments is labeled "Early June," "Late June," "Early July," "Early Aug," and "Late Aug," suggesting the film was shot and edited chronologically over the season.
Main Credits
Elam, JoAnn (is filmmaker)
Actors, Performers and Participants
Elam, JoAnn (is participant)
Form
Short
Related Place
Chicago (production location of)