Directed by: Ben Zickafoose
Running Time: 12:00
Frank Jackson went into the coal mines of southwestern Virginia when he was 15 years old. This early Appalshop film juxtaposes Jacksons personal recollections of union organizing and mining work with scenes of him in and around the mines. The viewer rides a low boy cart into the entryway of a deep mine, and as daylight shrinks and disappears around a bend, one gets a sense of what it must feel like to work underground. Coal Miner: Frank Jackson is a simple yet telling document of the experiences of a working man.
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“After listening to him talk about his years in the mines, youre not likely to forget the craggy face, mountain dialect, or simple decency of Frank Jackson.” –Gary Arnold, The Washington Post
“Jacksons colloquial speech, laced with miners slang and regional vocabulary, describes articulately the difficult fight to unionize and the continuing problem of enforcing mine safety standards.” –Carl Fleischhauer, Journal of American Folklore
Screenings & Festivals
Film Festival Rotterdam
Museum of Modern Art
Museum of Modern Art, Carnegie Institute
National Film Theatre, British Film Institute
Pacific Film Archive
Robert Flaherty Film Seminar