Spatial Topics In Film - Hometown Movies

Spatial Topics In Film - Hometown Movies

This episode is the first in our three-episode series, Spatial Topics In Film. In this episode, we discuss movies that depict the filmmakers' hometown and the unique insight into those geographies the filmmaker provides.

One of Austin’s moon towers, a focal point of Richard Linklater’s  Dazed and Confused

One of Austin’s moon towers, a focal point of Richard Linklater’s Dazed and Confused

Through film, we see that geography and place influence the individual, even if the filmmaker doesn’t necessarily go into the project with geography on their mind. It tends to make its way in there anyway. The films discussed on this episode feature each town’s micro-geographies and places known best to its natives. They also expose the disappointments and shortcomings within these geographies, be it malaise or poverty or racism, but even flaws are explored in a loving way by each filmmaker, always straddling that tension between the complicated and comforting parts of home .

Films Discussed In This Episode

Dazed and Confused

Lady Bird

Old Town Sacramento, featured in Greta Gerwig’s  Lady Bird . Photo by Dougtone

Old Town Sacramento, featured in Greta Gerwig’s Lady Bird. Photo by Dougtone

Still of vacant home from  It Follows  copyright 2014 - RADiUS-TWC

Still of vacant home from It Follows copyright 2014 - RADiUS-TWC

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