Experimental filmmaker Kevin Jerome Everson offers a look at life in the industrial Midwest as the economy changes the cultural landscape in this documentary. Erie was shot in and around Cleveland, Ohio as a General Motors plant, one of the area's biggest employers, was poised to close. Focusing on the African-American community living near Lake Erie, Erie is comprised of film portraits of local residents as they go about their lives -- a young girl stares at the flame of a candle, two men practice sword fighting, teens take a boat ride near a waterfall, a car thief tries to break into a locked vehicle, and more. Each segment is presented just as Everson shot it, a complete ten-minute reel with no editing or revision compromising this vision of a community that is poised to fade away as many residents move in search of better prospects. Erie was an official selection at the 2010 Rotterdam International Film Festival.
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