Honorable Mention – Pour le Peuple (USA)

Title: Pour le Peuple
Runtime: 50 min
Country: USA
Director: Nate Harrison
Placement: Honorable Mention
Competition: September, 2022

Synopsis: Pour le Peuple (French: “For the People”) is an essay film that retraces the controversial history of one of modern art’s most iconic public sculptures and the first public art commission by the National Endowment for the Arts, Alexander Calder’s La Grande Vitesse. The film examines how the citizens of Grand Rapids, Michigan, have given meaning to such a cherished work of art. It also paints the portrait of a midwestern American sensibility in all of its contradictions: on the one hand, progressive and artistic; on the other, conservative and pro-Trump.