Tonsler Park (2017) observes, in black and white 16mm, the democratic process in action, at Charlottesville, Virginia voting precincts, over the course of Election Day, November 8, 2016.
NY Times wrote:
Mr. Everson’s strongest work in Projections is the black-and-white “Tonsler Park,” a rigorous, seemingly straightforward 80-minute exploration of the politics of everyday life primarily through black male and female poll workers in Charlottesville, Va., on Nov. 8, 2016. The entire piece consists of mostly frontal shots captured with a largely fixed camera and accompanied by a glorious babbling stream of voices.
Mr. Everson tests your patience with an opening that initially registers as a tediously obvious formalist gesture. Keep watching; it only looks simple. Because, as one leisurely held shot gives way to the next, “Tonsler Park” reveals itself beautifully and with incremental, unexpectedly moving force. Mr. Everson is asking you to look, really look, and he is asking you to think, including about documentary cinema’s history of representing black people as problems. And while the absence of the usual assists (text, voice-over) may seem frustrating, it also proves liberating as your mind focuses, wanders and refocuses on these black men and women doing their part for American democracy.
3.32GB | 1h 19mn | 1920×1440 | mkv