MDC Museum of Art + Design


Real Utopias: In the Park (1962), 14 min, New Town Utopia (2017), 80 min.

Real Utopias: In the Park (1962), 14 min, New Town Utopia (2017), 80 min.

A CITY OF THE PEOPLE: Film Screening

In the Park (1962), 14 minutes, Directed by Orlando Jiménez-Leal

In the Park, is a trip to the past. The year is 1962. The subject, a Sunday day in Bay Front Park, Miami, when the world was still innocent. The hidden camera, the free cinema, allows us to observe from a distance, to be voyeurs without being discovered. We see young and old in a sweet-and-sour situation, which gives the viewer a strange nostalgic feeling.

New Town Utopia (2017), 80 minutes, Directed by Christopher Ian Smith

A journey of memory, place, and performance, New Town Utopia is a documentary feature about utopian dreams and concrete realities—the challenging, funny, and sometimes tragic story of the British new town of Basildon, Essex. Facing austerity, adversity and personal battles the artists, musicians, and poets of Basildon are individuals driven by their creative spirit to improve their community through art, poetry, music, and some rather angry puppets. New Town Utopia features Oscar-winning actor Jim Broadbent (Iris, Topsy-Turvy, Moulin Rouge) as the voice of Lewis Silkin MP.