{"id":8347826513,"title":"Barge (educational)","handle":"barge-educational","description":"\u003cmeta charset=\"utf-8\"\u003e\n\u003cdiv\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #ff0000;\"\u003e\u003ca href=\"http:\/\/www.collectiveeye.org\/products\/barge-screening\" target=\"_blank\" title=\"Link to screening page BARGE\" style=\"color: #ff0000;\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\"\u003e\u003cb\u003e\u003cimg src=\"\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0133\/2562\/files\/Screening_large.png?13468160472198309702\" alt=\"\"\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eDirected by:\u003c\/strong\u003e Ben Powell\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eProduced by\u003c\/strong\u003e: Ben Powell \u0026amp; Dave Schachter\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003cspan style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003e \u003c\/span\u003e\n\u003cdiv\u003e\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003cdiv\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eReleased:\u003c\/strong\u003e 2016 Educational release \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003cdiv\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eRunning Time:\u003c\/strong\u003e 71 min \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003cdiv\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eLanguage: \u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003eClose Captioned\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003cdiv\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eSubjects:\u003c\/strong\u003e Anthropology, Worker's Rights\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003cbr\u003e\n\u003cdiv\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003eA towboat drifts down the Mississippi River, due for the port of New Orleans. The water, the banks, the bright lights of a port ahead, the lure of a coming paycheck and a home-cooked meal: This is the world of Barge. On board, dry land’s misfits find purpose and direction twenty-eight days at a time as the steady hands of an industrial ecosystem teeming with line boats, fleet boats, and a few million tons of cargo moved each year. Amongst the crew are a green deckhand following his father and grandmother into their family business, a former convict working his way upward in hope of being First Mate, a thirty-eight-year-old veteran engineer in no hurry to retire, all on the ancient waterway pulling a double shift as the backbone of the national economy. As long as the boat’s moving, they’re making money. Barge is an intimate portrait of the machinery of American ambitions.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003cbr\u003e\n\u003cdiv\u003e\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003cdiv\u003e\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003cdiv\u003e\n\u003cspan style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003e\u003ciframe src=\"https:\/\/player.vimeo.com\/video\/195366288?color=ffffff\u0026amp;title=0\u0026amp;byline=0\u0026amp;portrait=0\" width=\"500\" height=\"281\" frameborder=\"0\" webkitallowfullscreen=\"\" mozallowfullscreen=\"\" allowfullscreen=\"\"\u003e\u003c\/iframe\u003e \u003c\/span\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003e \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eReviews \/ Quotes:\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003cdiv\u003e\n\u003cspan style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003e “Compelling mix of the magnificent and the humdrum.”\u003c\/span\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003eAlan Scherstuhl, Village Voice\u003c\/span\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003e“Barge portrays the ballet of industrial America.”\u003c\/span\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003eKate X Messer, The Austin Chronicle\u003c\/span\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003e“A meditative microcosm of America and the American Dream”\u003c\/span\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003eFull Frame Documentary Film Festival\u003c\/span\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003e“A breath of fresh air”\u003c\/span\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003eMike McCutchen, Ain't It Cool News\u003c\/span\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003e“…what’s there is fascinating, with the hypnotic pull of the currents dragging us along into the existence of these men……showing us both the good and bad in his protagonists”\u003c\/span\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003eChristopher Llewellyn Reed, Hammer to Nail\u003c\/span\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003e“...a powerfully shot and in-depth look into the struggles of living the isolated life of a barge worker.”\u003c\/span\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003eAlex White, Examiner\u003c\/span\u003e\n\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003e“First-time director Ben Powell finds a rhythm and beauty in their seemingly mundane treks through America’s waterways.”\u003c\/span\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003eMatthew Jacobs, Huffington Post\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cmeta charset=\"utf-8\"\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003eVideo Librarian\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003cstyle type=\"text\/css\"\u003e\u003c!--\ntd {border: 1px solid #ccc;}br {mso-data-placement:same-cell;}\n--\u003e\u003c\/style\u003e\n\u003cdiv\u003e\u003cspan data-sheets-value=\"{\u0026quot;1\u0026quot;:2,\u0026quot;2\u0026quot;:\u0026quot;Do we not appreciate barges enough? A case for these 200-foot, flat-bottomed vessels playing an essential role in civilization is made by the captain of the Mary Parker, a towboat, which pushes along a dozen or so tightly-packed barges down the Mississippi River in filmmaker Ben Powell's low-key documentary. \\\u0026quot;When you get in your car, and you leave your driveway, guess what?\\\u0026quot; says the captain. \\\u0026quot;Concrete was probably in a barge. The tires you're rolling on, the petroleum to make them was in a barge. Asphalt... that stuff was in a barge.\\\u0026quot; He goes on to suggest that just about anything we can buy or use was once, in its original materials form, delivered somewhere by barge, and without these sometimes ugly carriers society would grind to a halt. Life as a captain or crew member has its insular pleasures: the men (and they are all men) aboard the Mary Parker submit to a rhythmic life of shift work with the hum of a powerful boat engine beneath their feet. Powell quickly recognizes that not a lot happens aboard a barge, aside from tasks designed to keep a lot of barges from drifting apart or crashing together. The workers live simply and leave behind domestic problems at home while on month-long trips. And the possibility for advancement is real: a six-figure income is not out of line for a veteran worker with a high school diploma. Powell doesn't make any statement here, but he is a good cultural anthropologist telling the story of a little noticed cog in the global wheel of commerce. Recommended. - C, P. (T. Keogh)\u0026quot;}\" data-sheets-userformat='{\"2\":897,\"3\":{\"1\":0},\"10\":0,\"11\":4,\"12\":0}' style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003eDo we not appreciate barges enough? 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Powell quickly recognizes that not a lot happens aboard a barge, aside from tasks designed to keep a lot of barges from drifting apart or crashing together. The workers live simply and leave behind domestic problems at home while on month-long trips. And the possibility for advancement is real: a six-figure income is not out of line for a veteran worker with a high school diploma. Powell doesn't make any statement here, but he is a good cultural anthropologist telling the story of a little noticed cog in the global wheel of commerce. Recommended. - C, P. (T. 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Dave Schachter\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003cspan style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003e \u003c\/span\u003e\n\u003cdiv\u003e\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003cdiv\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eReleased:\u003c\/strong\u003e 2016 Educational release \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003cdiv\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eRunning Time:\u003c\/strong\u003e 71 min \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003cdiv\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eLanguage: \u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003eClose Captioned\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003cdiv\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eSubjects:\u003c\/strong\u003e Anthropology, Worker's Rights\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003cbr\u003e\n\u003cdiv\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003eA towboat drifts down the Mississippi River, due for the port of New Orleans. 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Barge is an intimate portrait of the machinery of American ambitions.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003cbr\u003e\n\u003cdiv\u003e\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003cdiv\u003e\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003cdiv\u003e\n\u003cspan style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003e\u003ciframe src=\"https:\/\/player.vimeo.com\/video\/195366288?color=ffffff\u0026amp;title=0\u0026amp;byline=0\u0026amp;portrait=0\" width=\"500\" height=\"281\" frameborder=\"0\" webkitallowfullscreen=\"\" mozallowfullscreen=\"\" allowfullscreen=\"\"\u003e\u003c\/iframe\u003e \u003c\/span\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003e \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eReviews \/ Quotes:\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003cdiv\u003e\n\u003cspan style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003e “Compelling mix of the magnificent and the humdrum.”\u003c\/span\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003eAlan Scherstuhl, Village Voice\u003c\/span\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003e“Barge portrays the ballet of industrial America.”\u003c\/span\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003eKate X Messer, The Austin Chronicle\u003c\/span\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003e“A meditative microcosm of America and the American Dream”\u003c\/span\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003eFull Frame Documentary Film Festival\u003c\/span\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003e“A breath of fresh air”\u003c\/span\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003eMike McCutchen, Ain't It Cool News\u003c\/span\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003e“…what’s there is fascinating, with the hypnotic pull of the currents dragging us along into the existence of these men……showing us both the good and bad in his protagonists”\u003c\/span\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003eChristopher Llewellyn Reed, Hammer to Nail\u003c\/span\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003e“...a powerfully shot and in-depth look into the struggles of living the isolated life of a barge worker.”\u003c\/span\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003eAlex White, Examiner\u003c\/span\u003e\n\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003e“First-time director Ben Powell finds a rhythm and beauty in their seemingly mundane treks through America’s waterways.”\u003c\/span\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003eMatthew Jacobs, Huffington Post\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cmeta charset=\"utf-8\"\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003eVideo Librarian\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003cstyle type=\"text\/css\"\u003e\u003c!--\ntd {border: 1px solid #ccc;}br {mso-data-placement:same-cell;}\n--\u003e\u003c\/style\u003e\n\u003cdiv\u003e\u003cspan data-sheets-value=\"{\u0026quot;1\u0026quot;:2,\u0026quot;2\u0026quot;:\u0026quot;Do we not appreciate barges enough? A case for these 200-foot, flat-bottomed vessels playing an essential role in civilization is made by the captain of the Mary Parker, a towboat, which pushes along a dozen or so tightly-packed barges down the Mississippi River in filmmaker Ben Powell's low-key documentary. \\\u0026quot;When you get in your car, and you leave your driveway, guess what?\\\u0026quot; says the captain. \\\u0026quot;Concrete was probably in a barge. The tires you're rolling on, the petroleum to make them was in a barge. Asphalt... that stuff was in a barge.\\\u0026quot; He goes on to suggest that just about anything we can buy or use was once, in its original materials form, delivered somewhere by barge, and without these sometimes ugly carriers society would grind to a halt. Life as a captain or crew member has its insular pleasures: the men (and they are all men) aboard the Mary Parker submit to a rhythmic life of shift work with the hum of a powerful boat engine beneath their feet. Powell quickly recognizes that not a lot happens aboard a barge, aside from tasks designed to keep a lot of barges from drifting apart or crashing together. The workers live simply and leave behind domestic problems at home while on month-long trips. And the possibility for advancement is real: a six-figure income is not out of line for a veteran worker with a high school diploma. Powell doesn't make any statement here, but he is a good cultural anthropologist telling the story of a little noticed cog in the global wheel of commerce. Recommended. - C, P. (T. Keogh)\u0026quot;}\" data-sheets-userformat='{\"2\":897,\"3\":{\"1\":0},\"10\":0,\"11\":4,\"12\":0}' style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003eDo we not appreciate barges enough? A case for these 200-foot, flat-bottomed vessels playing an essential role in civilization is made by the captain of the Mary Parker, a towboat, which pushes along a dozen or so tightly-packed barges down the Mississippi River in filmmaker Ben Powell's low-key documentary. \"When you get in your car, and you leave your driveway, guess what?\" says the captain. \"Concrete was probably in a barge. The tires you're rolling on, the petroleum to make them was in a barge. Asphalt... that stuff was in a barge.\" He goes on to suggest that just about anything we can buy or use was once, in its original materials form, delivered somewhere by barge, and without these sometimes ugly carriers society would grind to a halt. Life as a captain or crew member has its insular pleasures: the men (and they are all men) aboard the Mary Parker submit to a rhythmic life of shift work with the hum of a powerful boat engine beneath their feet. Powell quickly recognizes that not a lot happens aboard a barge, aside from tasks designed to keep a lot of barges from drifting apart or crashing together. The workers live simply and leave behind domestic problems at home while on month-long trips. And the possibility for advancement is real: a six-figure income is not out of line for a veteran worker with a high school diploma. Powell doesn't make any statement here, but he is a good cultural anthropologist telling the story of a little noticed cog in the global wheel of commerce. Recommended. - C, P. (T. Keogh)\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/div\u003e"}

Barge (educational)

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    • Directed by: Ben Powell
    • Produced by: Ben Powell & Dave Schachter
Released: 2016 Educational release 
Running Time: 71 min 
Language: Close Captioned
Subjects: Anthropology, Worker's Rights

A towboat drifts down the Mississippi River, due for the port of New Orleans. The water, the banks, the bright lights of a port ahead, the lure of a coming paycheck and a home-cooked meal: This is the world of Barge. On board, dry land’s misfits find purpose and direction twenty-eight days at a time as the steady hands of an industrial ecosystem teeming with line boats, fleet boats, and a few million tons of cargo moved each year. Amongst the crew are a green deckhand following his father and grandmother into their family business, a former convict working his way upward in hope of being First Mate, a thirty-eight-year-old veteran engineer in no hurry to retire, all on the ancient waterway pulling a double shift as the backbone of the national economy. As long as the boat’s moving, they’re making money. Barge is an intimate portrait of the machinery of American ambitions.


 

Reviews / Quotes:

 “Compelling mix of the magnificent and the humdrum.”
Alan Scherstuhl, Village Voice

“Barge portrays the ballet of industrial America.”
Kate X Messer, The Austin Chronicle

“A meditative microcosm of America and the American Dream”
Full Frame Documentary Film Festival

“A breath of fresh air”
Mike McCutchen, Ain't It Cool News

“…what’s there is fascinating, with the hypnotic pull of the currents dragging us along into the existence of these men……showing us both the good and bad in his protagonists”
Christopher Llewellyn Reed, Hammer to Nail

“...a powerfully shot and in-depth look into the struggles of living the isolated life of a barge worker.”
Alex White, Examiner


“First-time director Ben Powell finds a rhythm and beauty in their seemingly mundane treks through America’s waterways.”
Matthew Jacobs, Huffington Post

 

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Do we not appreciate barges enough? A case for these 200-foot, flat-bottomed vessels playing an essential role in civilization is made by the captain of the Mary Parker, a towboat, which pushes along a dozen or so tightly-packed barges down the Mississippi River in filmmaker Ben Powell's low-key documentary. "When you get in your car, and you leave your driveway, guess what?" says the captain. "Concrete was probably in a barge. The tires you're rolling on, the petroleum to make them was in a barge. Asphalt... that stuff was in a barge." He goes on to suggest that just about anything we can buy or use was once, in its original materials form, delivered somewhere by barge, and without these sometimes ugly carriers society would grind to a halt. Life as a captain or crew member has its insular pleasures: the men (and they are all men) aboard the Mary Parker submit to a rhythmic life of shift work with the hum of a powerful boat engine beneath their feet. Powell quickly recognizes that not a lot happens aboard a barge, aside from tasks designed to keep a lot of barges from drifting apart or crashing together. The workers live simply and leave behind domestic problems at home while on month-long trips. And the possibility for advancement is real: a six-figure income is not out of line for a veteran worker with a high school diploma. Powell doesn't make any statement here, but he is a good cultural anthropologist telling the story of a little noticed cog in the global wheel of commerce. Recommended. - C, P. (T. Keogh)

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