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Rocktown: From the Small Farm to the Big Box (2009)

Using Harrisonburg, VA as an example, this documentary traces the changes small towns across the U.S. experience as their traditional economies, landscapes, communities & cultures are threatened.





Credited cast:
Leslie Edwards ...
Narrator (voice)
Jim Hightower
Stacey Mitchell
Terry Ward
Fred Cooper
Monica Ansell ...
(as Monica Robinson)
Cheryl Talley
Ron Copeland
Ric Peters
Kenny Kyger
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
James Acker
Mohammed Askary
Craig Bailey
Anthony Beery
Danny Beery


In the Spring of 2006, I traveled back to the small town I grew up in in Virginia to shoot a documentary about how my hometown had changed. It had been 12 years since I lived in Harrisonburg, a small town founded in 1779 in the Shenandoah Valley. But I had visited many times, and each time I saw that something more had been lost. Like many small towns across the U.S., Harrisonburg, VA is struggling through rapid development. Few areas of the city remain untouched by the combination of factors conspiring to change Harrisonburg. Even though I now lived hundreds of miles from my hometown, I felt a personal loss. I first felt this loss when the house I was brought home to as a newborn was torn down, along with those of all the neighbors I had grown up with, in order to accommodate several parking lots and office buildings for JMU. Now my actual street, Patterson St., is, as I write, being removed from the map of the city due to the building of a new academic building for the campus across... Written by Anonymous

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A documentary about growing up in a changing landscape.





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5 February 2009 (USA)  »

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$25,000 (estimated)
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(NTSC Color)

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1.33 : 1
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