Desolation Slow w/ Q&A following with Mayor Kim Norton
Join Mayor Kim Norton in experiencing the avant garde documentary film DESOLATION SLOW at Gray Duck Theater & Coffeehouse. This is our first foray into avant garde filmmaking and we are happy to do so in such an important social issue, especially with the guidance of our local mayor, who has made homelessness in Rochester a central part of her platform.
More on the film:
DESOLATION SLOW is both a visual tone poem and social inquiry, bringing moving image art and documentary forms together in a mesmeric cinematic collision. Filmed on location in rural Utah and Salt Lake City by moving image artist Allen Killian-Moore, the film reflects on homelessness, geography, and abandonment, while pondering connections between human and structural decay. Desolation Slow is also steeped in ballads recounting decades of homelessness through the voice and figure of Joe Ortega, a formerly homeless resident who’s now successfully off the streets. The film’s sonic pallet is complemented with a musical score composed by Chicago avant-guitarist, Billy T. (Bill Tucker), creating a dynamic counterpart to its visual preoccupations. Documenting life on the edge of society, Allen Killian-Moore’s unconventional documentary, Desolation Slow, poetically questions the status quo while affirming that homelessness is not inevitable.
More on the Mayor:
Kim Norton became the first woman Mayor of Rochester, Minnesota in 2018 and took office on January 8, 2019. Most recently Kim won a Bush Fellowship which allowed her to complete a master’s degree at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs focused on leadership and energy policy. This work allowed her to investigate communities noted for their sustainability and livability. Prior to her Fellowship, Kim served in the Minnesota House of Representatives, representing District 25B, consisting mostly of the northern portion of the city of Rochester in Olmsted County in the southeastern part of the state. During her 10 years as a legislator, Kim introduced many pieces of significant legislation including the Destination Medical Center (DMC) economic development project aimed a positioning Rochester as a premier location for healthcare. Before serving on the state legislature, Kim served eight years, including one as board chair of the Rochester Public School Board.
In addition to Kim’s solid and long history of public service and leadership, she has a record of asking tough questions, seeking out and listening to people with differing opinions, and working with the community to build bridges toward finding smart, fair solutions.
Kim participated in the Women in Power executive education program at Harvard University’s Kennedy School and the Rockwood Leadership Institute. She continues to serve on many local and state nonprofit boards (The Arc, Fresh Energy, KSMQ, Minnesota Children’s Museum Rochester, and Healthy Communities Collaborative) and is a member of the Greater Rochester Rotary Club.
Kim is married to Randy Stone, the mother of four grown children and a stepson. She is grandmother to Zoe and Henry. She spends her personal time traveling and reading and has a special fondness for kayaking.