The WORK series is a cycle of independent films that seek to create an ongoing document of the American worker. Taking inspiration from Studs Terkel and Frederick Wiseman, the WORK films are entertaining and empowering, spectacular and mundane, amusing and redemptive.
Today documentary cameras are everywhere. Yet no one is capturing how we spend the majority of our lives, year after year, day after day, hour after hour – in other words, the record of how we work.
Using a timeless cinéma vérité aesthetic, independent filmmaker Daniel Kraus captures the sights, sounds, and textures of different American jobs, without the accompaniment of interviews or a musical score. Each chapter reveals the surprising, engaging, even redemptive routines of hard-working men and women across the country.
Although each film is humble in its approach, seen as a whole the WORK series is epic in scope, creating a significant historical document of modern American life.
“NYT CRITICS' PICK: Musician feels radically fresh... shot and edited with the same inquisitive spirit that defined Studs Terkel's oral history Working. Those seeking a nutshell definition of what it means to be a committed artist need look no further.”
- NEW YORK TIMES
"A masterpiece... Among the most significant efforts of the year - or any year this decade, for that matter.”
Common sense says you can't make a living in America playing avant-garde improvisational jazz. But Ken Vandermark does it anyway.
“RECOMMENDED. Paints a vibrant but decidely unglamorous portrait. The end result is a strange duality between work and play: Vandermark loves what he does, but because resources for the improvising musician are so limited, he can never rest.”
- CHICAGO READER
58-minute feature, plus 8 bonus scenes and performances, running approximately 56 more minutes.