Tar Creek

Date: Friday, April 18
Time: 5 pm
Place: Tapps Art Center
Film Block: Experimental Doc Shorts
Genre: Documentary Shorts

Tar Creek

Focusing on the Tar Creek site which encompasses Picher, OK and several other small American towns straddling the Kansas/Oklahoma border, Tar Creek follows the story of these mining communities from their clandestine beginnings on Native land to their eventual dissolution in the wake of the damage wrought by extraction. One of the primary producers of metal for bullets during the first World War, Tar Creek is one of the biggest environmental disasters in the country. The out-sized piles of tailings in the midst of flat plains are the lynchpin of this visual history.

Directed by Lydia Moyer, Charlottesville, VA

11 min