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Mountain View

1 videoreel of 1 (31 min.) : sd., col. ; 1 in.
1 videoreel of 1 : sd., col. ; 1 in.
1 videoreel of 1 (25 1/2 min.) : sd., col. ; 1 in.
1 videoreel of 1 (24 1/2 min.) : sd., col. ; 1 in.
1 videoreel of 1 : sd., col. ; 1 in.
1 videoreel of 1 (PAL) : sd., col. ; 1 in.
1 videocassette of 1 (Betacam SP) (31 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.
1 videocassette of 1 (D3) (31 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.
1 videocassette of 1 (25 1/2 min.) : sd., col. ; 3/4 in.
1 linear foot (1 box)
5 folders

Copyright Date:

Copyright Holder:
John Sayles and Marta Renzi

Materials Date:

Renzi, Marta
Sayles, John

Broadcast on "Alive From Off Center." Won the Procirep Award in Cannes, France, for best Short Feature.

Multiple versions of the 1" master exist. Betacam SP and D3 preservation masters have been made from one of these. A 3/4" screening copy exists.

File folders contain notes, production logs and reports, credits listings, correspondence, memos, payment forms, invoices, budgets, camera reports, copies of checks, contracts, script, and a large floppy disk containing edit lists. Some of the handwritten notes contain suggestions for the use of music in the piece, and some correspondence deals with licensing agreements for music used. Most of the documents are related to budgetary, contractual, and production-based issues. Color negatives and accompanying 3 X 5 photographic prints document the production shoot. Additional black-and-white negatives and a promotional photographic print exist.

"Mountain View," 1989, is a dance drama work created by choreographer Marta Renzi in collaboration with director John Sayles which, through movement and very little spoken text, details the interaction of several people residing at or visiting a motel or motor inn named Mountain View. The work spans a period of about 24 hours, following the individuals through late afternoon, an evening spent in the motel bar, and a picnic-style social gathering the next day. Some of the characters encountered are the family who run the motel (a mother, her young adult son, and an older man, perhaps her father); a spunky, tomboyish girl; an interracial couple lodging at the motel; a young mother; a pair of newlyweds; a barfly; three people involved in a love triangle; and the punkish friends of the motel owner's son.

The varied musical score consists of works by Schubert, Tammy Wynette, Bruce Springsteen, Aretha Franklin, The Pogues, and the Stanley Brothers.

The performers wear costumes consistent with their characters, designed by Cynthia Flint.

Sayles, John
Rinzi, Grace (Assistant Director)
Goldsmith, Paul (Director of Photography)

Dowling, Susan
Renzi, Maggie
Dowling, Susan (Executive Producer)

Alive From Off Center

Dowling, Susan
Steele, Mark (Online Editor)
Ninfo, Matthew (Assistant Editor)
Renzi, Marta
Bosko, Dan (Online Editor)
Martin, Doug (Online Editor)

Corporation for Public Broadcasting
National Endowment for the Arts
Holmes Associates for Channel Four, Ltd., London

Eldred, Thomas (Old Man)
Alexander, Jane (Bartender)
Alexander, Jace (Son)
Holland, Fred (Couple on Porch)
Shultz, Mary (Couple on Porch)
Desmond, Jim (Barfly)
Miller, Marta Jo (Young Mother)
Phillion, Christine (Newlywed)
Lee, Nathaniel E. (Newlywed)
Zimmerman, Cathy (Couple in Truck)
Grunewald, Thomas (Couple in Truck)
Renzi, Marta (Other Woman)
Callum, Joanne (Girlfriend)
Grossman, Caroline (Girlfriend)
Doug Elkins (Son's Friend)
Hidaka, Chisa (Son's Friend)
Greene, Sarah Grossman (Child)
Krugman, Irene (Child)
Wolff, Amos (Child)

Interpersonal relations


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