California Company Town
Lee Anne Schmitt
United States, 2008
16mm | 77min. | Colour | VOSC

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Screenplay: Lee Anne Schmitt
Photography: Lee Anne Schmitt
Editor: Lee Anne Schmitt
Sound: Ryan Philippi

Filmed over a five-year period from 2003 to 2008, Lee Anne Schmitt's film essay on the devastation and desolation of California's abandoned industrial towns is a unique meditation on natural and manmade environments. Using filmed still shots of abandoned towns and factories, details of promise and decay and telling archive audio, the filmmaker reflects on private property, capitalism and corporations. Contemplative, subtle and hauntingly contemporary.


Lee Anne Schmitt is a writer and director of films and performances, work that exists in the juncture between fiction and documentary. She teaches on the Film and Video Program at the California Institute of the Arts. Her films include Awake and Sing (2003) and The Wash (2005).

Vancouver Film Festival, 2008
Belfort Film Festival, 2008
International Film Festival Rotterdam, 2009
BAFICI, 2009