The Island Of St. Matthews (2014)




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This new feature film from the remarkably prolific Kevin Jerome Everson, one of the most interesting and original voices in contemporary experimental cinema, is a richly evocative and open-ended work, and a beautiful example of Everson's unique approach to the experimental documentary form. Years ago Everson asked his aunt about old family photographs. Her reply - that 'we lost them in the flood' - was the catalyst for this film, a poem and paean to the citizens of Westport, a community just west of Columbus, Mississippi, the hometown of the filmmaker's parents. Residents, young and old, are seen and heard reminiscing about the 1973 flood of the Tombigbee River. The sound of a church bell - an original bronze sculpture made by the filmmaker and similar to the bell used to warn residents of an impending natural disaster - intones throughout, interspersed with a spare, elegiac score. (C) Film Forum
Documentary , Drama , Special Interest
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All Critics (5) | Top Critics (2)

It's a stretch to call Mr. Everson's film a documentary.

Full Review… | March 6, 2014
New York Times
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At its best, the film does the job of the albums lost to the floods: It captures a town's history.

Full Review… | March 4, 2014
Village Voice
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The workers' lovingly filmed activity registers as both ravishing and profound, yielding a mostly spellbinding linkage between the ostensibly mundane and the metaphysical.

Full Review… | April 28, 2014
Film Comment Magazine

Granted, this is not an exciting or even informative film, and Everson's style is an acquired taste, but The Island of St. Matthews leaves us with sounds and images that resonate.

Full Review… | March 5, 2014
Film Journal International

William Jerome Everson's films tend to place an acute focus on the tension between memory and forgetting, as well as the way an event's significance can transform depending on perspective.

Full Review… | March 3, 2014
Slant Magazine

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