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Museum Town
Directed by
Jennifer Trainer

USA / 2019 / 76

New York Premiere

Screening Times and Venues:
RHINEBECK Upstate Films II
10/3/2019, 7:45PM
WOODSTOCK Bearsville Theater
10/4/2019, 11:00AM

Q&A Attendees
*subject to change:
Jennifer Trainer, Noah Bashevkin, Rachel Chanoff
The importance of art and culture to the viability of a town is evidenced by this inspiring documentary about how MASS MoCA transformed a struggling mill town into an art hub. North Adams, MA, once a bustling manufacturing center, became economically depressed after the local electric company closed in 1984. Thanks to stalwart visionaries, today the town is home to one of the world's largest contemporary art museums. But the journey wasn't easy. Museum Town chronicles the tumultuous years and its founders' vision of art as a tool for economic development. It took 13 years of hard work and politics before the doors opened in 1999. Now a destination for art-enthusiasts, of particular interest is the behind-the-scenes look at the production of Nick Cave's bric-a-brac explosion, Until. The film is a fascinating foray into a singular success story, while on a larger scale it shows how cultural institutions can help revive communities under duress.—Monique Ray
Jennifer Trainer was one of a handful of people who developed and built MASS MoCA, working at the museum for 28 years as the first Director of Development. An award-winning journalist and the author of 20 books, including Beyond Einstein: The Cosmic Quest for the Theory of the Universe, Nuclear Power: Both Sides, Trail of Flame, and, Jump Up and Kiss Me, she wrote the first story about MASS MoCA for, The New York Times. Nominated for three James Beard awards, she has been featured in, Martha Stewart Living and Coastal Living magazines, and has written for Yankee, Travel & Leisure, Harvard Magazine, Omni, and other publications. She is currently director of Hancock Shaker Village, a living history museum and performance venue comprised of 20 historic buildings on 750 acres in Western Massachusetts. Museum Town is her first film.
Cast/Featuring: Nick Cave, Meryl Streep, David Byrne, Richard Criddle, Denise Markonish
Executive Producer(s): Rachel Chanoff, Susy & Jack Wadsworth
Producer(s): Jennifer Trainer, Noah Bashevkin, Ivy Meeropol
Director(s): Jennifer Trainer
Screenwriter(s): Jennifer Trainer, Noah Bashevkin, Pola Rapaport
Cinematographer(s): Kirsten Johnson, Daniel B. Gold, Wolfgang Held
Editor(s): Pola Rapaport
Composer(s)/Music: John Stirratt, Paul Pilot
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