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Announcement :: Media
John Marshall's IF IT FITS at the Brattle
26 Jul 2013
Join us on July 29th for a screening of John Marshall and Mark Erder's If It Fits, their classic documentary film about the 1976 Mayoral elections in the once thriving industrial town of Haverhill, Massachusetts.

The screening will be followed by discussion with DER's Executive Director, Alice Apley and DER Board Member and former Executive Director, Sue Cabezas, about the influence and work of John Marshall.
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Join us on July 29th for a screening of John Marshall and Mark Erder's If It Fits, their classic documentary film about the 1976 Mayoral elections in the once thriving industrial town of Haverhill, Massachusetts.

If It Fits takes us inside the dying shoe industry and into the heart of the battle for the town's survival. Affectionately called "Queen Slipper City," the town was a leading shoe manufacturer in the late 19th and early 20th centuries - at one point responsible for fully one tenth of the shoe production in the United States. Faced with a globalizing shoe industry, Haverhill began an urban renewal campaign in the 1950s and 60s, but continued to be afflicted by the declining economic infrastructure.

The film's title references both the object of Haverhill's past economic glory and the search for a new industrial base. Through documentation of efforts to address municipal spending, rising taxes, revitalization of depressed areas, and the challenges of attracting new industry, the film provides an inside look into one moment in the town's decline.

Although released in 1978, it is a story that continues to be relevant for understanding the histories of post-industrial towns across the American landscape today. A visual and oral history, the film is a testament to Marshall's diverse body of work and his connection to the state of Massachusetts.

The screening will be followed by discussion with DER's Executive Director, Alice Apley and DER Board Member and former Executive Director, Sue Cabezas, about the influence and work of John Marshall.

Click the link for more information!
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