Shot in one single setting, in 16mm, using only a series of black and white close-ups, this film is the unabridged reenactment of a public hearing that took place in a rural North-American town, during which the environmental impact of expanding a Wal-Mart supermarket was discussed. All dialogue was taken from transcripts of the original hearing and was reenacted with both non-professional and professional actors. The film ends up becoming a lesson in reenacting public events, resulting both in a powerful experiment and a didactic comedy.
James N. Kienitz Wilkins
Born in the US, in 1983. He is a graduate at the Cooper Union Art School, in New York. He has also developed a career as a visual artist, for which he has received numerous awards. He directed a few shorts, such as Coach of the Year (2005) and Nature Mature (2007). This is his first feature-length film.