American Glass Factory

55 mins.
Directed by Jason Fox
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Thu, 3/28

Director Jason Fox joins us in person to perform AMERICAN GLASS FACTORY, and for a post-screening conversation.

This screening is free to Amherst Cinema Members.

What does the U.S. Democratic Party share in common with observational documentary? The promise and the problem of transparency.

In a live performance from the forthcoming audio series “Trust Issues,” filmmaker and World Records journal editor Jason Fox explores the sixty-year long relationship between Direct Cinema and Democratic Party politics.

Fox will trace these ties, from Robert Drew’s pioneering 1960 portrait of the Wisconsin Democratic presidential primary contest between John F. Kennedy and Hubert Humphrey, PRIMARY, to Michelle and Barack Obama’s Higher Ground Productions and the Oscar winning documentary, AMERICAN FACTORY.

Jason Fox is a filmmaker, professor, and editor based between New York and Toronto. He has taught in the Graduate School of Cinema Studies at New York University, Princeton University, Vassar College, and CUNY Hunter College. He has worked as a film programmer in conjunction with The American Museum of Natural History, The Flaherty Seminar, and the Museum of Modern Art, among other venues. He is also the founding editor of World Records, published with New York University's Center for Media, Culture, and History.

This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. To find out more about how National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities, visit