Danny Wilcox Frazier has been working on a series of photographs entitled Driftless: Stories from Iowa for several years. This film of the same name tells the backstories, shows the making process, and is itself part of the series.
Sometimes expressly diffuse, sometimes mercilessly sharp, Frazier's tightly framed black-and-white photos and static shots capture the harsh realities of existence in an area that is losing its lifeblood; nostalgia for a faded glory is permeated with the knowledge that there is nothing left to stay for.
Butcher Joe Kuba understands all too well why his children don't want his life: "It makes an old man out of you fast."
source: IDFA DocLab 2009 - Live stories
Country Butcher (05:32)
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