American Water

Dir: Jacob Cartwright & Nick Jordan | UK | 2011 | 9 mins

Fresh from screening at the London Film Festival, American Water continues Jacob Cartwright & Nick Jordan’s fascination with contemporary Americana and in particular the communities of the Mississippi and Ohio rivers, in this short documentary portrait of two spirited individuals existing on the margins of society, where the two mighty rivers meet.

Glenda runs her father’s business, ‘Fred’s Fish Market’, from a small wooden shack next to the levees protecting the town of Cairo. Red Beard ekes out a living in the backwoods of Thebes, on the banks of the Mississippi. Both Glenda and Red Beard talk with disarming candour and shrewd folk-wisdom about the traditional culture, declining economy and fragile ecology of this ‘heartland’ region bordering the American South.

Manchester-based Cartright & Jordan, focus of a retrospective at the 2010 London Short Film Festival, create an expansive and deeply cinematic filmmaking that seems as influenced by the alt-country musings of Smog or Will Oldham as by their installation practice in the realms of contemporary art. With subjects ranging from the traditional pigeon hunters in Perigord, France and the 19th century artist-naturalist John James Audubon to the doomed town of Cairo, Illinois, their shorts delight audiences with a penchant for the rural and the arcane.


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