February 1 – March 21

Public Hearing

Directed and Produced by James N. Kienitz Wilkins

110 min / 16mm-to-HD / English / USA / 2013

Public Hearing

Public Hearing re-performs a rural American town meeting from a transcript downloaded as publicly available information. Shot entirely in cinematic close-up on black-and-white 16mm film, an ensemble cast read between the lines in an ironic debate over the replacement of an existing Wal-Mart with a super Wal-Mart

Read an interview with James N. Kienitz Wilkins in BOMB

Read Film, Objects, Publics essay by Brook Henkel [.pdf]

Read a transcription of the introduction delivered by Mikkel Krause Frantzen at the film's premiere screening in Copenhagen City Hall [.pdf]

Select past engagements: CPH:DOX, MoMA PS1, IndieLisboa, Punto de Vista, Camden, Jihlava, Festival do Rio, Uniondocs

Live: Public Hearing in Progress on ACRE TV

106 hours of the entire production of Public Hearing recorded via security camera on VHS, now broadcast "live"

Weekends, Feb 1 - Mar 21, 2015 (12p - 8p CT), on ACRE TV

Read more here

About the Subtitles

Using the "CC" button in the video player, subtitles are provided in Google Translate's eighty-three popular languages, directly converted from a transcription of the final movie

Read an explanation [.pdf]

Download Google Translate subtitles in .srt format [.zip, 16mb]


An Automatic Moving Co. production

Directed and produced by James N. Kienitz Wilkins
Camera by Dan Fridman
Music by Eugene Wasserman
Assistant direction by D.C. Hagerman
Assistant camera by William Lehman, Daniel Cada
Sound design by Josh Allen
Map animation and subtitles by Ben Hemmendinger
Sound and on-set motion graphics by Harold Batista
Grading by Lee Eaton

Full cast here


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Press, trailer, past screenings here

Supported in Part by

Jerome Foundation
Lower Manhattan Cultural Council
Foundation for Contemporary Arts (Emergency Grants Program)
New York State Council on the Arts
Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, Inc.
Puffin Foundation
Wave Farm

The projects on this website are made possible with funds from the Media Arts Assistance Fund, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts, Electronic Media and Film, with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; administered by Wave Farm

All video and text copyright © 2015 James N. Kienitz Wilkins & The Automatic Moving Co.