Program 31: Steel Mill and Miners Remember and Laundry Workers Speak

  • Auditorium of the Lithographers Union, Local 1 113 University Pl 3rd Fl New York, NY, 10003 United States

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Mill Stories:  Remembering Sparrows Point (35 min-2014)  After 125 years of operation, the Sparrows Point Steel Mill in Baltimore, Maryland closed forever in 2012. The documentary aims to examine the importance of the mill from the perspectives of former workers and community members while connecting these distinctive experiences to the larger narrative of American industrial boom and bust;

With Banners Held High (31 min-2015) Celebrates the resilience and humor of miners and women who went through the 1984/5 Miners’ Strike. The year long strike was one of the most defining industrial actions in recent history. Personal interviews with ordinary people from the Strike and the use of music, photographs, and archive material, make for an insightful, moving film that brings the experience of the Strike into perspective 30 years on.


Every Fold Matters (55 min- 2015) - A performance and film about working in a laundromat, by Lynne Sachs and Lizzie Olesker - a mix of film, poetry and live performance, featuring Jasmine Holloway, Veraalba Santa, Tony Torn and Ching Valdes-Aran.

A woman folds clothes by rote, eyes fixed to a soap opera muted on the laundromat TV. As she weeps over a tragic plot twist, her hands never stop folding, pounding the table in an unceasing metronome of productivity.

This moment, lifted from life and transcribed to performance by playwright/director Lizzie Olesker and experimental filmmaker Lynne Sachs, becomes one of many striking, reality-based images in Every Fold Matters, a new site specific performance with film that premiered in a Clinton Hill, Brooklyn laundromat this month.

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