SILVER VALLEY (1984) 16mm 45 minutes
Co-directed by Michel Negroponte, Peggy Stern and Mark Erder

With SILVER VALLEY, the filmmakers have achieved a complex and fascinating film that is, on one level, a report on the recession's devastating impact upon a family and a town. But even more provocative is the way the film reveals the unravelling of a once tightly knit family, and the sad surreal textures of their daily lives as unemployment becomes a new reality. Silver Valley has many of the qualities of a James Agee/Walker Evans inquiry into economic hardships in America, while exhibiting a fascination with the sometimes bizarre life styles of Americans living on the fringe. It's a remarkable film. - Ross McElwee

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