DocuMemories #5: October Country

Posted October 23, 2012

DocuMemories, our retrospective series counting down the months until T/F 2013, continues on Monday, October 29th at Ragtag Cinema with October Country (T/F 2009).

October Country presents a single year, from Halloween to Halloween, in the life of the Mosher family of upstate New York. Trapped by cycles of war, absent fathers, teen pregnancy and child abuse, the Moshers struggle courageously against an incessant hopelessness sadly common among the working poor. Created by the team of family member Donal Mosher and filmmaker Michael Palmieri, the film is unforgettable in its startling intimacy and otherworldly beauty. The insider/outsider approach yields a carefully balanced perspective, empowering the subjects to speak forcefully and directly about their lives and avoiding the pitfall of exploitation that similar films frequently stumble into.

The project began when its co-directors discovered each other’s work. Michael Palmieri is an accomplished director of music videos, like the one below from 2003 for Beck’s “Lost Cause”.

Donal Mosher made himself known through his compelling first-person photography, frequently of his family and some of the seemingly mundane objects in their lives.

photo by Donal Mosher

photo by Donal Mosher

photo by Donal Mosher

More of these photographs can be seen on Donal Mosher’s website. They are also featured on his blog GHOSTTYPE, a series of eloquent and evocative ruminations well worth exploring. Mosher’s artwork offers the best preview of the haunting atmosphere of October Country.

Years later, October Country‘s power still resonates. We look forward to experiencing this film again and hope you’ll join us.

Tickets to DocuMemories are:

$8.50 for the general public.

$5 for Ragtag members and all T/F volunteers; if you’ve ever volunteered for T/F 2003-2012, dig out your volunteer pass and present it at the box office to receive the member discounted admission price of $5 for all films in the series (you must present your pass, sorry but there are thousands of you out there and we need some way to recognize your contribution to receive the discount)

FREE for current Guffman members and T/F 2013 Super Circle Passholders.

FREE on a space available basis for Ragtag, Uprise, 9th Street Video and T/F 2012-2013 Core Staff employees.