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SXU screens The Plow That Broke the Plains on Oct. 16

Film Series continues

Chicago (Oct. 3, 2007) – A screening of Pare Lorentz’s 1936 documentary The Plow That Broke the Plains will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16, in Saint Xavier University’s McGuire Hall, 3700 W. 103rd St., Chicago.

The screening, which is free and open to the public, is part of the 2007-08 annual SXU Film and the Environment Series. 

The Plow That Broke the Plains depicts the devastating effects of the Dust Bowl on small family farmers in the Great Plains during the Great Depression of the 1930s. The score, composed by Virgil Thompson, accompanies the black and white documentary produced through President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Works Progress Administration. The WPA funded both public works and artists’ interventions into the conditions of American life during the depression. 

The documentary is 112 minutes and will be projected by DVD. The series is supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, Saint Xavier’s College of Arts and Sciences, and the Department of Art and Design. For more information, please contact SXU Film Series Director Alison Fraunhar, Ph.D. at fraunhar@sxu.edu or (773) 298-3083. 


Contact Joe Moore
773-298-3937 or jmoore@sxu.edu