Thursday, May 26, 2011


Time is present everywhere in Dell City.  It is measured by when to water the fields, or cut the hay.  It is measured when the strong winds come, or the baby lambs are born.  It is evident in the old buildings.  It can be felt in the petroglyphs and pictographs left behind by ancient cultures over a thousand years ago. 

Tales from Dell City, Texas is past, present and future.  At one point in the editing room, I used those three tenses as chapters to structure the film.  But after a while, I abandoned that approach.  Past, present, and future are evident at the same time in all the stories.  They are evident in the lines of a face, the cracks in a building, the water in a field.  The documentary was filmed over a period of several years, but does not present a chronological story.  It is a document of a particular time and place that shows where that place came from, and where it may go.

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