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If you like movies and are interested in the labor movement, hang out with Labor Heritage Foundation Executive Director Elise Bryant and DC Labor FilmFest Director Chris Garlock as they kick back and talk about their favorite films and chat with guests about work and workers on the silver screen.

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If you like movies and are interested in the labor movement, hang out with Labor Heritage Foundation Executive Director Elise Bryant and DC Labor FilmFest Director Chris Garlock as they kick back and talk about their favorite films and chat with guests about work and workers on the silver screen.

    James Catano on MIA: Workers, Working, and Workplaces

    James Catano on MIA: Workers, Working, and Workplaces

    Films about work shape our attitudes toward labor and laboring, often by inviting us to identify with individual characters. But what happens when film presents a more direct experience of what workers actually do?  
    In a column for the Working-Class Perspectives blog, James Catano considered three non-fiction films about the fishing industry:  Drifters (1929), Pescherecci (1958), and Leviathan (2013).  
    On today’s show, Chris and Elise talk with Jim about how these films offer a brief overview of methods for portraying work, and they also help us think about a common format of reality television: the fishing program.

    James Catano is producer/director of Enduring Legacy:  Louisiana’s Croatian Americans and author of Ragged Dicks:  Masculinity, Steel, and the Rhetoric of the Self-Made Man.
    He’s Professor Emeritus of English and Screen Arts at Louisiana State University.

    Produced by Chris Garlock

    @dclabor @LaborHeritage1 @DCLaborFilmFest


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    • 59 min
    Complicit & Who Killed Vincent Chen?

    Complicit & Who Killed Vincent Chen?

    Elise and Chris discuss Who Killed Vincent Chen? (1987) and Complicit (2016) with Virginia Rodino and Heather White, who will be participating in a panel discussion on “Understanding AAPI Hate: Building A Movement of Solidarity and Resistance” on Sunday, July 18 at 7pm.
    Both films are available now (through July 18) for free online screening.

    Virginia Rodino is president of the Maryland chapter of APALA, the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, a constituency group of the AFL-CIO.

    Heather White is a documentary filmmaker and research consultant with more than 20 years experience in international advocacy on labor and human rights issues (she founded Verite). she co-directed Complicit with Lynn Zhang. The film, released in 2016, was screened at 40 film festivals and won nine international festival awards.

    NOTES:
    Who Killed Vincent Chen? was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature; director Christine Choi will also be on the July 18 panel.  

    Here's the link to the brief video interview with Heather’s assistant, “who had to flee Shenzhen while we were making Complicit. Her experience underscores the risks to activists and NGO's trying to help workers in China. They get harassed to the point where they have to discontinue even when they don't want to.”

    The new pandemic film Heather refers to is Songbird (2020).

    Produced by Chris Garlock
    @dclabor @LaborHeritage1 @DCLaborFilmFest @APALAnational


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    • 58 min
    “Best of the Fest” DC Labor FilmFest Picks

    “Best of the Fest” DC Labor FilmFest Picks

    With just one week to go before the 2021 DC Labor FilmFest wraps up, Labor Goes to the Movies co-host Chris Garlock sat down with Tom Zaniello – author of “Working Stiffs, Union Maids, Reds and Riffraff, An Expanded Guide to Films About Labor” – for his “Best of the Fest” picks.

    All the 2021 films are still available in the AFI Silver’s DC Labor FilmFest Virtual Screening Room, through Sunday, June 6, including: WORK SONGS * THE LUNCHROOM [PLANTA PERMANENTE] * IDA B. WELLS: A PASSION FOR JUSTICE * MISS MARX * THE CHAMBERMAID [LA CAMARISTA] * THE WHISTLE AT EATON FALLS * NASRIN * THE NEW DEAL FOR ARTISTS.
    NOTE: click here for HAYMARKET - THE BOMB, THE ANARCHISTS, THE LABOR STRUGGLE.

    Produced by Chris Garlock

    @AFISilver @dclabor @LaborHeritage1 @DCLaborFilmFest


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    • 22 min
    Movie Club Discussion: The New Deal For Artists

    Movie Club Discussion: The New Deal For Artists

    Lincoln Cushing and Harvey Smith discuss The New Deal For Artists, now showing in the DC Labor FilmFest. Narrated by Orson Welles, this remastered classic features interviews and commentary by John Houseman, Studs Terkel, Howard Da Silva, Arthur Rothstein, Joseph Losey, Norman Lloyd and more.
    Archivist and historian Lincoln Cushing is the author of All Of Us Or None: Social Justice Posters of the San Francisco Bay Area and Agitate! Educate! Organize! - American Labor Posters; Harvey Smith is the author of Berkeley and the New Deal. Find out more on The Living New Deal website.
    We have a bonus guest this week, as longtime union organizer Carl Goldman drops by to tell us about the brand-new film We Made Matzah Balls For The Revolution.
    All the DC Labor FilmFest films are still available in the AFI Silver’s DC Labor FilmFest Virtual Screening Room.  
    PLUS: Register now for the 2021 Great Labor Arts Exchange, coming up – online – June 17-20.

    Produced by Chris Garlock and Evan Papp.

    @AFISilver @dclabor @LaborHeritage1 @DCLaborFilmFest @LincCushing


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    Movie Club Discussion: The Whistle at Eaton Falls

    Movie Club Discussion: The Whistle at Eaton Falls

    Kathy M. Newman on “Paradise Lost: The Spectacular Failure of The Whistle at Eaton Falls.”Newman is an English professor at Carnegie Mellon who writes regularly on class and culture and who’s currently at work on a book entitled “Backstory: Film, Television, and Social Class in the 1950s,” which includes an entire chapter on the rarely-seen – and recently restored – 1951 film The Whistle at Eaton Falls, which – along with all the 2021 films -- is still available in the AFI Silver’s DC Labor FilmFest Virtual Screening Room.  
    PLUS: Viewer reaction to Miss Marx, the film about Karl Marx’s youngest daughter.  

    If you’d like to be part of our final weekly conversation about labor films, join us this Thursday, May 27 at 7p ET; RSVP here.

    Produced by Chris Garlock

    @AFISilver @dclabor @LaborHeritage1 @DCLaborFilmFest @_kathymnewman


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    • 1 hr
    Movie Club Discussion: Miss Marx, pro & con

    Movie Club Discussion: Miss Marx, pro & con

    Viewer reaction to Ida B. Wells: A Passion for Justice, plus Elise and Chris get into the critical weeds on Miss Marx, the film about Karl Marx’s youngest daughter. Elise loved it but Chris isn’t so sure. But hey, you be the judge; you can watch Miss Marx and all of the films released so far in this year’s DC Labor FilmFest in the AFI Silver’s DC Labor FilmFest Virtual Screening Room.
    PLUS: sneak previews of the films opening this week, THE WHISTLE AT EATON  FALLS (5/18) and NASRIN (5/20); check out the complete line-up for the 2021 DC Labor FilmFest.  

    If you’d like to be part of our weekly conversation about labor films, join us Thursdays at 7p ET; RSVP here.

    Produced by Chris Garlock

    @AFISilver @dclabor @LaborHeritage1 @DCLaborFilmFest


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