Fully Booked Film Series

June 17, 2009

June 20, 2009: An Injury to One + Who Killed Cock Robin? (Redux)

Filed under: Films Screened — Alexis @ 5:28 pm

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For the June 20 screening we have the rare privilege of screenings two related films back to back; as their maker prefers: Travis Wilkerson’s documentary-essay An Injury to One and it’s fictional companion Who Killed Cock Robin? (Redux). The first investigates Butte Montana’s history; the second, that history’s resonance in the present landscape.

An Injury to One
An experimental documentary exploring the turn-of-century lynching of union organizer Frank Little in mining town of Butte, Montana.
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Who Killed Cock Robin? (Redux)

An experimental narrative about a young man living in Butte, Montana whose life echoes that of Butte’s (and America’s) industrial decline.

Screening schedule: 8:00 – 10:30pm, June 20, 2009
Duration: 53 minutes + 73 minutes (+ post screening discussion)
Location: U-View Cinema, Basement level, Fully Booked Fort Bonifacio, Taguig
Language: English

*screening with permission from the director

Link 1. An interview with Travis Wilkerson about An Injury To One:
http://www.wsws.org/articles/2002/oct2002/wilk-o04.shtml

Excerpt-
Travis Wilkerson: “The starting point would be to look at Butte and to see that Butte is a place that we constructed. Because there’s a sense when people come to the town, because the devastation is so widespread—you come over this hill and there’s this gaping hole, the pit looks as if it were two-thirds of the size of the entire city. In fact, it isn’t, but it feels that way. And everywhere you look are these big things that are gouged out, there are tailings everywhere. It’s a place that people going on vacations in Montana try to avoid or pass through as quickly as possible.

One of the things that drew me to it was the desire to say, look, this is not an act of God. This is a human act. We destroyed this town. Well, I didn’t, but some people did. And there’s a reason for it.”

Link 2. An Interview with Travis Wilkerson about Who Killed Cock Robin?:
http://www.cinema-scope.com/cs22/int_charity_crimescenes.htm

Excerpt:
Scope: How does this, your first fiction film, relate to your documentary,
An Injury to One?
Travis Wilkerson: “The title itself is a reference to Injury. I was in Butte talking to [musician/actor] Charlie Parr and he told me that Cock Robin was Frank Liddle. The starting point was, what are the consequences of those things that happened? The way the companies pillaged, plundered, and ultimately abandoned the town. The decision to move into fiction—well, I don’t see them as separate. But Injury is obviously to a great extent about the history, and I wanted to make a richer, truer portrait of where Butte is now, with that film serving as a kind of contextualiser. Ideally, they would be shown together as companion pieces.”

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