Taylor Chain I: A Story in a Union Local

Taylor Chain I: A Story in a Union Local

Taylor Chain I tells the gritty realities of a seven-week strike at a small Indiana chain factory during 1973-74. Volatile union meetings and tension-filled interactions on the picket line provide an inside view of the tensions and conflicts inherent to labor negotiations. Due to a lack of funds and a fire at Kartemquin which necessitated a re-edit of the film, the film was not released until 1980. Filming then began a year later on Taylor Chain II: A Story of Collective Bargaining

"One of the most startling events in the history of television documentaries was the live unfiltered broadcasts of the MacCarthy hearings - Jerry Blumenthal and Gordon Quinn's tape has some of the same excitement. They were allowed to film extremely heated union caucuses and the entire round of contract negotiations at an industrial plant in Hammond, Indiana. Their cinema verite style makes the union meetings in Silkwood look as thrilling and substantial as a bowl of mashed potatoes." —The Village Voice, 1984


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Other credits

Camera, Gordon Quinn; sound, Jerry Blumenthal.


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