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Downside Up

Nancy Kelly; Kelly, Nancy; Kanopy (Firm)
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Video; Streaming Video; Online
Summary
How does a dying working class town end up betting its future on art? With 80% of its downtown buildings closed, North Adams, Massachusetts united blue-collar locals with art world luminaries to transform economic failure into America's largest center for contemporary art, MASS MoCA. A film by North Adams native Nancy Kelly, DOWNSIDE UP is about the tentative, dangerous notion of hope in a city widely viewed as hopeless. When, in the 1980s, the Sprague Electric Company closed its doors, 4000 residents of North Adams, Massachusetts—like those of hundreds of other former factory towns across the country—were suddenly out of work, and the town went into a fast and seemingly irreversible decline. But then this impoverished, working-class town decides that its best hope for survival is...contemporary art. Downside UP captures the beginnings of America's largest museum of contemporary art, MASS MoCA (the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art) and the rebirth of its host-city, North Adams, Massachusetts. Through the eyes of filmmaker Nancy Kelly and her family, most of whom worked in the former capacitor factory before it closed, Downside UP shows how innovative solutions can inspire community revitalization even in the worst economic climates. With incredible honesty and humor, the film invites us to witness the physical and cultural reinvention of the town and the more subtle changes in the spirit of the people and place. This critically acclaimed film broadcast nationally on PBS’ Independent Lens series and was the recipient of a Ford Foundation grant for its nationwide Listening Tour.
Director
Nancy Kelly
Release Date
2003
Language
English
Notes
Title from title frames.
Published
[San Francisco, California, USA] : Kanopy Streaming, 2015.
Recording Info
Originally produced by New Day Films in 2003.
Publisher no.
1144962 Kanopy
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1 online resource (1 video file, approximately 56 minutes) : digital, .flv file, sound
Mode of access: World Wide Web.
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