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Public Hearing

Country: USA
Year: 2012
Duration: 110'
Direction: James N. Kienitz Wilkins

Public Hearing is the verbatim performance of an American town meeting transcript, downloaded as publicly available information. Shot entirely in close-up on black-and-white 16mm film, a cast of actors and non-actors debate the replacement of an existing Wal-Mart with a super Wal-Mart. The seemingly mundane details of their faces and hands open a world of material distractions and mini-narratives contrasted against a series of monologues. Gradually, what becomes more significant than the environmental issue at stake is the bureaucratic process in motion. The real words of real people express a frustration with rules, guidelines, big business, poverty, misinformation and contemporary life. Those in charge—the necessarily detached moderators—struggle with their own emotions as they attempt to control the microscopic dramas of many people gathered in one room, all learning to speak a new and foreign civic language. It’s a tragicomic struggle, re-imagined through the formal language of cinema, reading between the official lines.

James N. Kienitz Wilkins

James N. Kienitz Wilkins

James N. Kienitz WilkinsBorn 1983, he is an artist and filmmaker from the United States of America. He is the recipient of numerous grants and periodic awards for various projects of specific and/or universal proportions. He is a graduate of the Cooper Union School of Art in New York City. He lives in Brooklyn.

Selected filmography:

  • Public Hearing (2012)
  • The Big Black Girl (2010)
  • History Minor (2010) (Dir. Ryan Garrett/camera/sound)
  • Nature Mature (2008)
Promoted by
Gobierno de Navarra
Organized by
With the aid of
Con la financiación del Gobierno de España. Instituto de la Cinematografía y las Artes AudiovisualesAcción Cultural EspañolaPlan de Recuperación, Transformación y ResilienciaFinanciado por la Unión Europea. NexGenerationEU
With the support of
Ayuntamiento de PamplonaCentro de Arte Contemporáneo de HuarteFundación Caja NavarraGoethe InstitutCanadá InternationalCasa ÁrabeCineteca MadridAsociación de Mujeres Cineastas y de Medios AudiovisualesInstitut FrançaisEmbajada de Portugal en MadridCamões - Instituto da Cooperação e da Língua Portugal
Member of
PantallaIberofestLa MestaThe Red Balloon
Filmoteca de Navarra
Museo Oteiza
Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía
Elías Querejeta Zine Eskola
Festival de Cine Africano FCAT
Festival Scope
Centre Cinématographique Marocain
Hotel Tres Reyes
Hotel Maisonave
Cineteca Bologna
The Film Foundation
World Cinema Project
Cinemateca Portuguesa
Radio 3
Filmoteca Española
Festivals in Navarre
Punto de Vista
NIFF - Navarra International Film Festival
Navarra, tierra de cine
Ópera Prima
CTL 59
#LabMeCrazy! Science Film Festival
Festival de Cine y Dentistas
Horror Online Art
FICBE (Festival Internacional de Cortos de Berriozar)
FAN, Festival de Anime de Navarra
Lo que viene
Muestra de cine español
Filmmaking for social change
Muestra Internacional de Cine y Mujeres de Pamplona

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