8th Graders at The Arts Based School, with artist-in-residence film maker Diana Greene, will premiere the documentary film, “Manufacturing Economies”, on Thursday, March 26th at 6:00pm. at the school. Ms. Greene is an accomplished local professional in writing, photography, and documentary film-making. She spent the past two months urging professional-quality interview and research processes from the students, who inquired into the regional history of the textile industry, its impact on the economies of North Carolina and the nation, and conversely, the changing national economy and its impact on the local community, with the goal of assembling this material into a high quality documentary film.
The project digs into economics, photography, writing, interviews with major figures in the textile industry and film making, on-site visits to textile factories, and technology. A parallel visit from textiles artist Jane Morrow, who teaches at Salem College, explored the chemistry of dyes and mordants, and a cooperative weaving of a model-sized house, symbolizing the factories and the factory villages, now disappearing, which supported the region for decades.
The premiere is at 6:00pm at The Arts Based School, 1380 N. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, and is free of charge.