Project of the Day: Taking a "Barge" Down the Mississippi
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An image from "Barge."
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BARGE is a feature-length boat ride along the Mississippi River, illuminating an essential yet unheralded thread in the fabric of America.
"Barge" tells the history of the United States through the eyes of workers on the Mississippi River. From the steamboat era to the current barge culture, "Barge" exposes a new chapter for life on the Mississippi, and inviting you into the worlds of people who have dedicated their lives to her waters. The Mississippi has always been and will remain a vital link for how are country delivers goods. The River’s course is constantly shifting, and the barge industry is also in a state of flux. What will happen when there is no new blood to replace the old captains?
Director/Producer/Editor: Ben Powell
Producer: Whitney Grant
Director of Photography: Andrew MIller
About the Production:
Inspired by the work of Les Blank, Barge combines formal portraiture in unique Southern landscapes. Growing up in the Mississippi Delta, I have always had a fascination with the working class south, and having a strong connection with the place allows a unique access to these fascinating characters and settings. The trust and confidence myself and the crew have earned with the characters allows audiences to really engage with them. With the river a continually moving backdrop with endless beauty, Barge is one long and steady dolly move through the culture of the Lower Mississippi.
The project is currently in the pre-production stage, looking for funds through the Austin Film Society's website (the team just separately received a grant from the organization).