</i>still from the video<i> Flat Black

still from the video Flat Black, 2004

Elaine Beck earned her MFA in Intermedia from the University of Iowa in 2004. Her 2001 artwork, the Chair Project, an interactive, collaborative community project in Oskaloosa, Iowa, was featured nationally in the media, and she was awarded Best of Competition in the 2003 Des Moines Art Center Film+Video+DVD Competition. Elaine is currently pursuing an Interdisciplinary PhD program that combines her research interests: art, democracy, and community.

Elaine Beck grew up on a farm in rural Iowa. Flat Black documents the experience of her father and other individual farmers who were affected by the farm crisis of the 1980s. Beck's father organized a group of farmers in an effort to help each other survive. Her interviews with these men explore what they perceive as the causes of the crisis and effects of the it had on their families, their communities, and the men themselves. The documentary features hauntingly beautiful images of the Iowa farmscape and the rich soil for which the film is named.

Elaine Beck's website

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on October 27, 2004

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