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California Company Town

“California Company Town” casts a probing, clear-eyed gaze at the landscape of California towns built and abandoned by the industries that necessitated their creation – onetime boom-towns now haunted by the twilight of the American promise. A versatile multidisciplinary artist, Schmitt creates evocative, deeply felt works that consider everyday elements of American life as cultural ritual, including a series of cinematic investigations of the intersections of landscape with personal memory (“Las Vegas”), with the history of the American Left (“Awake and Sing”), and with urban development (“The Wash”).