Scene from the film California Company Town
Scene from the film California Company Town
Scene from the film California Company Town
Scene from the film California Company Town
Scene from the film California Company Town
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California Company Town

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California Company Town, the much-anticipated essay film by Lee Anne Schmitt, casts a probing, clear-eyed gaze at the landscape of California towns abandoned by the industries that created them—onetime boom-towns now haunted by the twilight of the American promise. A versatile multidisciplinary artist whose practice extends from film and performance to photography and writing, Schmitt is a member of the faculty of CalArts’ graduate Film Directing Program. She creates evocative, deeply felt works that consider everyday elements of American life as cultural ritual, including a series of cinematic investigations of the intersections of landscape with personal memory (Las Vegas, 2000), with the history of the American Left (Awake and Sing, 2003), and with urban development (The Wash, 2005).


  • Original Title
    California Company Town
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Lee Anne Schmitt
  • Cinematography
    Lee Anne Schmitt
  • Runtime
    76 min (46-90 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • United States
  • Format
    • Colour
  • Production
  • Distribution
  • Festivals
    • DocLisboa, Lisbon
    • Eau Claire Progressive Film Festival, Wisconsin
    • Antimatter Film Festival, British Columbia
    • Valdavia International Film Festival, Chile
    • Girl and a Gun Conference, Paris
    • Alternativa Film Festival, Barcelona
    • Doc's Kingdom, Serpa
    • Vancouver International Film Festival, Vancouver
    • International Documentary Film Festival of Marseilles, France
    • Rotterdam International Film Festival: The Netherlands
    • Athens International Film Festival, Athens, Ohio
    • Iowa City International Documentary Film Festival, Iowa City
    • Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, Durham, North Carolina
    • SFS: Starting From Scratch, The Netherland
    • Big Muddy Film Festival, Carbondale, Illinois
    • CPHDOX, Copenhagen
    • Punto de Vista, Pamplona
    • Yukon International/Available Light, Yukon Territory
    • BAFICI, Buenos Aires
    • Cinema du Reel, Paris
    • Ljubljana Film Festival, Slovenia
    • Bradford Film Festival, Bradford
    • Jeonju Film Festival, Jeonju
    • San Francisco Film Festival, San Francisco
    • PDX FEST, Portland
    • Migrating Forms, New York
    • Munich International Film Festival, Munich
    • Seattle International Film Festival, Seattle
    • Chicago Filmmakers, Seattle
    • Ghent International Film Festival, Ghent
    • Jerusalem International Film Festival, Jerusalem
    • America’s Indie Finest at Unknown Pleasures, Berlin; Festival
    • Itinerrance, Paris
  • Awards
    • Full Frame Film Festival: HBO Emerging Filmmaker Award; Honorable Mention
    • Cinema Du Reel: Special Mention Library Award
    • Winner Pierre and Yolande Perrault Grant is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

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