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Homestead Artifact (2001)

Not Rated  |   |  Documentary  |  1 January 2001 (USA)
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The filmmaker's grandmother, Garnet McBride, tells the harsh tale of a New Mexican homestead that her husband grew up on, and the deep significance of returning to that plot of land eighty years after it was abandoned.


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A very personal documentary about a homestead that the filmmaker's grandfather lived on as a boy, the family's rediscovery of the land, and some amazing artifacts that were left behind. Through landscape, artifacts, and a grandmother's stories, the film recounts one family's role in the history of the American West. Homestead Artifact is a thoughtful examination of the connections between history and memory, progress and entropy, story and history. Written by Kent Hayward

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A real life Western about one man's search for home. See more »




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1 January 2001 (USA)  »

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$15,000 (estimated)

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Shot in and around Roswell, New Mexico the site of the legendary UFO crash of 1947. Two shots in the film refer to this incident. See more »


Garnet McBride: Out there on the plains, it was just people against the elements... people against the dirt.
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A tender and beautiful film that explores a little known bit of American history
26 August 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A tender and beautiful film that explores a little known bit of American history through the personal story, and loving eyes, of Garnet McBride. Filmmaker explores his family's past through interviews with his grandmother and a return visit to the homestead where his grandfather lived as a child. This was a fascinating time in the history of this country and the film gives us a glimpse into what it must have been like for these desperate men to try to make something happen in their lives. Beautifully photographed by Hayward in both the epic vistas of the West and the more delicate closeups of the subject, McBride. A heartwarming ending that will have the viewer longing for lost memories of his/her own youth.

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