The Island of St. Matthews

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  • Summary: The Island of Saint Matthews examines the loss of family history in the form of heirlooms and photographs. Years ago filmmaker Kevin Jerome Everson asked his aunt about old family photographs. Her reply—"we lost them in the flood"—was the catalyst for this film, a poem and paean to theThe Island of Saint Matthews examines the loss of family history in the form of heirlooms and photographs. Years ago filmmaker Kevin Jerome Everson asked his aunt about old family photographs. Her reply—"we lost them in the flood"—was the catalyst for this film, a poem and paean to the citizens of Westport and the direct and oblique remnants of the 1973 flood of the Tombigbee River. Expand
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  1. Reviewed by: Jesse Cataldo
    Mar 3, 2014
    75
    It gives us a series of images that, free from definitive context, form a new reality of their own, a small composite portrait of previously untold stories.
  2. Reviewed by: Calum Marsh
    Mar 4, 2014
    70
    At its best, the film does the job of the albums lost to the floods: It captures a town's history.
  3. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    Mar 3, 2014
    60
    More a tone poem or gallery installation piece than a verite outing.
  4. Reviewed by: Neil Genzlinger
    Mar 6, 2014
    40
    It’s a stretch to call Mr. Everson’s film a documentary.