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Millstone Sewing Center

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Directed by: Mimi Pickering
1972
Running Time: 13:00
Color

The Millstone Sewing Center documents a highly successful community action program during the War on Poverty. Elderly seamstresses describe how they use Office of Economic Opportunity funds and Salvation Army hand-me-downs to make and remodel clothing for poor families in two eastern Kentucky counties. Comments from Center director Mabel Kiser on how she conceived of the Center and found a building, fabrics, and funding sources are intercut with scenes of the women at work. The seamstresses explain how the Center has provided them with an alternative to public assistance and talk about the effectiveness of social programs that grow from within a community.

Reviews

“Good coverage of a project which shows that positive steps can be taken even in poor, rural communities to give the elderly gratifying, paying work.” –Judith Trojan, Aging: A Filmography

“Leaves you in a quiet fury, wondering about a government which can squander millions and then try to ‘economize’ by cutting back on small-scale local endeavors that actually help the people they were meant to help.” –The Washington Post

“The film lends itself to discussion in high school where it may lead to a better understanding, and more respect, on the part of young people for the elderly everywhere.” –Film News

Screenings & Festivals

American Library Association

Film Forum, New York

Films By Women/Chicago

Robert Flaherty Film Seminar

U.S. Conference of Mayors/Focus on Aging Film Festival–Certificate of Excellence

Western Gerontological Society

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Directed by: Mimi Pickering
1972
Running Time: 13:00
Color

The Millstone Sewing Center documents a highly successful community action program during the War on Poverty. Elderly seamstresses describe how they use Office of Economic Opportunity funds and Salvation Army hand-me-downs to make and remodel clothing for poor families in two eastern Kentucky counties. Comments from Center director Mabel Kiser on how she conceived of the Center and found a building, fabrics, and funding sources are intercut with scenes of the women at work. The seamstresses explain how the Center has provided them with an alternative to public assistance and talk about the effectiveness of social programs that grow from within a community.

Reviews

“Good coverage of a project which shows that positive steps can be taken even in poor, rural communities to give the elderly gratifying, paying work.” –Judith Trojan, Aging: A Filmography

“Leaves you in a quiet fury, wondering about a government which can squander millions and then try to ‘economize’ by cutting back on small-scale local endeavors that actually help the people they were meant to help.” –The Washington Post

“The film lends itself to discussion in high school where it may lead to a better understanding, and more respect, on the part of young people for the elderly everywhere.” –Film News

Screenings & Festivals

American Library Association

Film Forum, New York

Films By Women/Chicago

Robert Flaherty Film Seminar

U.S. Conference of Mayors/Focus on Aging Film Festival–Certificate of Excellence

Western Gerontological Society

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