The death of Michael Brown, shot by a Ferguson, Missouri police officer in 2014, was national news after protests erupted there. But the history of Ferguson, a formerly whites-only “sundown town,” and the neighboring black town of Kinloch, now semi-abandoned, is not well known. Incorporating reflections of residents of Kinloch and Ferguson (including Gillooly, who grew up in Ferguson), this film explores the relationship between these two towns. Beginning with a 1960s roadblock that divided then-white Ferguson from black Kinloch, the film depicts a micro-history of race relations in America.
JANE GILLOOLY (Director/Producer/Editor) is a non-fiction and narrative film/video maker, a 2015 nominee for an Alpert Award and 2013 Guggenheim Fellow, her other recent fellowships include Massachusetts Cultural Council 2014, MacDowell Colony 2013, and LEF Foundation 2012. Recent moving image work includes Audience of Love and Shame (2015) commissioned by Museum of the Moving Image for First Look Festival, Suitcase of Love and Shame (2013) distributed by Cinema Guild, premiered with Art of the Real at Film Society of Lincoln Center, NYC, awarded BEST INTERNATIONAL WORK at IMAGES Festival, Toronto, Jury Prize Arkipel Experimental Festival, Indonesia. Today The Hawk Takes One Chick (2008) premiered at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, the Margaret Meade in NYC and Full Frame Documentary Festivals, winning the Jury Prize at Kinoteatr.doc Moscow and nominated for IFP/ Fledgling Fund Award. Dragonflies, The Baby Cries (2000) a silent film distributed and accompanied by Alloy Orchestra, premiered at the Film Society of Lincoln Center, San Francisco International Film Festival, Contemporary Film Festival of Mexico City. Leona’s Sister Gerri (1995) was featured at the Museum of Modern Art New Directors, New Films, Sydney Film Festival and Robert Flaherty Seminar, broadcasts on PBS, Sundance and internationally includeing the Best of P.O.V. released 2007.