The War at Home Glenn Silber 1979 by Michael Kienitz

The War at Home Glenn Silber 1979 by Michael Kienitz


Albuquerque Journal

Restored version of 1979's "The War at Home" to screen in Santa Fe 

As a filmmaker, one hopes a film will last.

Glenn Silber's 1979 Oscar-nominated documentary "The War at Home" is finding a new audience decades after its initial release.

The Santa Fe-based filmmaker has gone on to restore the original version and it is making its way across the country with screenings.

The film will be shown at the 10th annual Santa Fe Independent Film Festival, which starts on Wednesday, Oct. 17 in Santa Fe. There will also be a Q&A with Silber after the screening on Thursday, Oct. 18.

"The War at Home" tells the story of the impact of the war in Vietnam on one American town: Madison, Wis.

The film traces antiwar resistance in Madison from the earliest protest by University of Wisconsin students and teachers on Oct. 18, 1963 (filmed by local news), to the anti-war bombing of the Army Mathematics Research Center in 1970.

A peaceful sit-in by students against Dow Chemical Co. in 1967 that turned violent transformed the University of Wisconsin into one of the many battlegrounds in the "war at home."

"When you boil down the anti-war movement, it was a sustained eight-year political resistance movement," he says. "This was due in big part to the organizers, who were college students at the time."

Silber screened the film at the Jean Cocteau Cinema in Santa Fe about 15 months ago.

"I was shocked at the response because of the zeitgeist that we're living through now," he says. "When we opened with an Oscar nomination back then, I didn't realize it would still be relevant today. We'd hoped that things would have changed. Here we are in 2018, and we are still fighting, and we have to fight."

Since the screening in Santa Fe more than a year ago, the 16mm film has undergone a 4k restoration.

"Once we decided to do that, this hipster cinema in New York wanted to premiere the film there," he says. "He was so cool and wanted to help in other ways. And he got us into the New York Film Festival. It was amazing that they accepted us. We have Michael Moore, Alex Gibney and Amy Goodman all coming to the screening there."

Silber will also screen "Atomic Artists" on Saturday, Oct. 20, at the Jean Cocteau Cinema. The 27-minute film was produced by Silber and his wife.

"We made this film in 1982," he says. "It's a very powerful film that will screen before 'Nuclear Savages.'"

By Adrian Gomez

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