Isolated, desperate, and haunted by his coal-stained birthright, Clarence Lockwood continues his daily descent into the accursed Maple Mine, even after it has crippled his father and blinded his youngest son. Set in 1907 and based on director Jesse Kreitzer’s own coalminer’s ancestry, Black Canaries
is a powerful meditation on patrimony, loyalty, and love.
Director’s Statement: Jesse Kreitzer
In 2013, I moved to Iowa and spent three years unearthing the stories and relics of my mother’s heritage. I connected with extended family to record memories, drudge through county archives, digitize family photos, and document oral histories of those who grew up in Iowa’s coal camps. Black Canaries
is an ode to my ancestors; a visual meditation honoring not only my own family’s history, but a collective cultural heritage formed in the blackened depths of Americana.