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(1979) Directed by Michel Negroponte and Ross McElwee [90 min]
Michel Negroponte and Ross McElwee follow three residents of Cape Canaveral, Florida, several years after the phasing out of Apollo moon missions: a salty newspaper reporter who has witnessed 1,600 consecutive launches; an out-of-work maintenance man who now leads a motorcycle gang; and the owner of a small construction company who sidelines as the clown-host of a local kids television show. Negroponte and McElwee transcend the “God, guns, and family” clichés of small town America in this emotionally complex, novelistic portrait of people living in hard times. – Museum of Modern Art
“Space Coast has the evocative sub-kitsch clutter of an Edward Kienholz tableau or Vernon Zimmerman’s Unholy Rollers.” – Village Voice
“It is a fascinating but completely disconsoling film; the filmmakers portray America with Sartrian pessimism.” – Het Parool, Amsterdam
About The DocYard:
For decades, Boston has been a center for documentary filmmaking. It is a place where students come to learn and experiment, where some of documentary’s giants are teaching and creating new work, and where the craft is continuously nurtured and expanded. Today’s filmmakers are breaking new ground that has its foundation, more often than not, in Boston’s rich documentary legacy.
Celebrating documentary’s past, present and future, The DocYard is a bi-weekly film and discussion series at the Brattle Theatre in Cambridge. We will gather together to be introduced to new films and filmmakers, and connect with one another. Through these events we hope to grow a vibrant, creative community for Boston’s filmmakers, film students and film lovers.
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