Kevin Jerome Everson
USA, 16mm on video, 81 min, 2009
Erie consists of several independent events filmed in black-and-white in the area around Lake Erie. Each event lasts about 10 minutes, the length of a roll of film, and they are edited back-to-back.
Hardly any words are spoken, apart from the particularly signifcant dialogue of three workers from a General Motors factory. The factory is soon going to close, like so many major steel and car companies, to the joy of those who think that "untrained" workers are earning too much money.
Erie is a major contribution to a central theme in the sizeable oeuvre of Kevin Jerome Everson: the culture of African-American workers.