Kelly+Yamamoto Productions | Kelly+Yamamoto Productions | Downside UP
A filmed memoir in which filmmaker Nancy Kelly and her family experience the tentative, dangerous notion of hope returning to their de-industrialized hometown, a place largely viewed as hopeless. It all takes place at MASS MoCA, the nation’s largest museum of contemporary art.
kelly, yamamoto, film, documentary, north adams, mass moca, art, museum, contemporary art, industrial, economy, factory, sprague
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Downside UP

©2002 — 56 minutes

 

Downside UP captures the beginnings of America’s largest museum of contemporary art, MASS MoCA (the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art) and the rebirth of its host-city, North Adams. Through the eyes of filmmaker Nancy Kelly and her family, who worked in the factory before it closed, the film renders the subtle changes in the spirit of a region. Downside UP is about the tentative, dangerous notion of hope in a town widely viewed as hopeless.
Produced in partnership with WMHT.

Key Credits

Writer, Director, Producer: Nancy Kelly
Editor, Producer: Kenji Yamamoto
Director of Photography: Tomas Tucker, Lou Weinert
Sound Recording & Mix: Phil Perkins

Primary Funders

• ITVS
• Mass Humanities