The struggle for labor rights has shaped politics and society for most of the last century and early into this one, especially here in Michigan. But in the early 1900's the rise and fall of Butte, Montana was directly correlated to the assassination of union organizer Frank Little. Former Ann Arbor resident, Travis Wilkerson takes a profound glimpse of life in and around this mysterious murder and the aftermath for this beleaguered town in his 2002 documentary, An Injury to One. Corporate exploitation, environmentalism and detective novel intrigue are woven seamlessly with stark "Big Sky" landscapes and a traditional mining song soundtrack performed by contemporary artists. An Injury to One will be screened on Monday, January 23 as a part of Café Ambrosia's monthly free Docu Fest series. 7pm. Free. 326 Maynard St. 734-929-9979.
The beautiful thing about the kinds of songs that Tanager make are how layered they are… These are guitars that envelop you, drums that pull you, melodic phrases that levitate you (and no, I’m not on drugs as I write this)… Those ethereal traits have always distinguished a Tanager song, a hybrid of coarse distortion
It is heartrending to see that message, reverberated through the past and into the present. Cynics may be tempted to ask, “Have we really made any progress?”. Yet, above the calls of protest and activism, the gallery is also filled with silence, waiting for the viewer’s response to the question, “Will you change it?”
Flint’s story is essential to the film because it illustrates the power of greed and why corporate money has no place in government. Macroeconomics 101 tells us that corporations are beholden to one thing—their stockholders. Humans do not enter into this equation. How can you have a democracy for the people when corporate money runs the government? You can’t.
Following Dr. John Harvey Kellogg, a prodigious doctor whose ecstasy over medicine overshadowed his regard for those closest to him, and his striving younger brother W.K., who toiled unappreciated under his brother before setting off on his own to great fame and success.