California Company Town
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California is a state with an economy that has experienced more than its share of peaks and valleys, and many businesses that have been lucrative have dried up seemingly overnight. What has become of the people who have been left behind when a branch of the California economy falls from the tree? Filmmaker Lee Anne Schmitt offers a glimpse of the wreckage left behind by irresponsible corporate practice in the documentary California Company Town. In the film, Schmitt and her camera crew visit a number of communities that were built to house the workers who manned businesses that eventually went… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"[Director] Schmitt wisely allows the images to speak loudest -- a silent, sobering portrait of what happens after the well dries up."
‑ S. James Snyder, Time Out New York
"A provocative, non-preachy, vital and illuminating documentary with quietly powerful and haunting images."
‑ Avi Offer, NYC Movie Guru
"Lee Anne Schmitt's simultaneously haunting and tiresome documentary is like a New Age western with its fond look backward and harsh criticism of the present."
‑ Eric Monder, Hollywood Reporter
"A brilliant, haunting and informative expose' not to be missed and not to be forgotten at awards season!"
‑ Kam Williams, Sly Fox
"The companies in Lee Anne Schmitt's elegy for California boom towns gone bust run the gamut from farming to logging to mining, but after a while, the towns themselves take on the same ghostly countenance."
‑ Scott Foundas, Village Voice
"A social and aesthetic document of promise betrayed."
‑ Andrew Schenker, Slant Magazine
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