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The Island of St. Matthews

Directed by Kevin Jerome Everson
United States, 2013
Documentary
  • English
  • English
Made in America: The Cinema of Kevin Jerome Everson

Synopsis

Years ago Kevin Jerome Everson asked his aunt about old family photographs. Her reply—that “we lost them in the flood” was the catalyst for this film, a poem and paean to the citizens of Westport, Mississippi, the hometown of the filmmaker’s parents.

Our take

An American community’s past and present are gorgeously evoked in this new entry in our series. Everson’s work seamlessly fuses naturalism with staged scenarios, and this film expands on how creation can blend with nature through one of the artist’s sculptures: a functioning bronze church bell.

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