Synopses & Reviews
Bill Brown returns with 3 new films. "The Other Side" explores US/Mexico immigration issues and activist groups that supply water and rides to people crossing the border who are stranded or lost in the desert. At a time when border politics and immigration are all over the news, it's great to get an independent, emotional, and real piece of film about what is going on. Bill is more like a silent observer showing us what he sees and narrates in a manner that is informative without being totally detached. "Hub City" is a short about Lubbock, TX - the home of Buddy Holly and trajectories of death and small towns. "AA Trailer" is a goofy short about the joy of film making for The Ann Arbor Film Festival. Shot beautifully on real film, these experimental documentaries represent a hometown of past, present, or future.
"The desert that marks the border between the U.S. and Mexico is the
subject of Bill Brown's deeply personal reflection on and exposé of the
challenges surrounding Mexican immigration. Pensive, raw, and luminous images construct a montage of a land where immigrants leave traces of their struggles and hopes. Traveling along these same paths, Brown shows us where the idea of America is up for grabs and explores the vicissitudes of the politics and activism behind U.S. immigration policies. We ride in the cars of activists protecting the rights of migrants, set up water stations, listen to the tales of crossing attempts, learn the history of the land, and watch the shadows creep across the fixtures of life isolated in the desert"
--Harlie Dover, Brooklyn Underground Film Festival
Seeking to root out the truth of major historical events, this text guides readers through seven well-known but often misinterpreted historic accounts. From Hawaiis discovery to its statehood to the Cold War and the Spanish Civil War, the abridged histories in this volume seek to debunk inaccuracies commonly found in mainstream history textbooks. It presents an objective and clear understanding of these events in easily digestible parcels. Free of common biases and potentially subversive political viewpoints found in many history texts, these accounts attempt to cast new light on watershed moments in human history.
Included in this seven-zine, 336-page, sleeve-bound boxset is Simple History author J. Gerlach's Nez Perce Indians, Hawaii (1778-1959) From Western Discovery to Statehood, The Spanish Civil War, Crusades: Christian Attempts to Liberate the Holy Land (1095-1229), Christopher Columbus and His Expeditions to America, The Congo: A European Invention, and The Cold War! The Simple History zine series is an ongoing attempt to bring unrecognized or otherwise mis-told histories to a modern audience of all ages. By presenting its facts objectively, Simple History's goal is to share history without marring the facts by editorializing. Look for more of Gerlach's Simple History titles in the near future.
About the Author
Bill Brown lives in Detroit, MI where he teaches film production. He has been publishing his zine Dream Whip since the mid 1990s. Bill has made several short documentary films that have screened around the world at venues including the New York Underground, Ann Arbor and Sundance Film Festivals.