2015 Schedule
Interactive: March 13–17  •  Film: March 13–21  •  Music: March 17–22


Sunday, March 15
6:30PM - 7:41PM

Satellite Venue: Marchesa
6226 Middle Fiskville Road


A towboat drifts down the Mississippi River, due for the port of New Orleans. The water, the banks, the bright lights of a port ahead; the lure of a coming paycheck and a home-cooked meal. This is the world of BARGE. A green deckhand following his father into the family business. A former convict working his way upward job by job, in the hopes of being First Mate. A thirty-eight year veteran engineer in no hurry to retire. An ancient waterway pulling a double shift as the backbone of a national economy; a tangle of thick steel cables, tied together just right. As long as the boat’s moving, they’re making money. An intimate portrait of the machinery of American ambitions.

Section: Visions
Premiere Status: World Premiere
Country: USA
Year: 2015
Runtime: 71min

Director: Ben Powell

Executive Producer: Michael Watt

Producer: Ben Powell, Dave Schachter

Cinematographer: Andrew Alden Miller, Ben Powell

Editor: Ryan Gould

Sound Designer: Will Patterson

Music: Will Patterson


Ben Powell is a photographer and documentary filmmaker based on Austin’s East Side. His short, “Phil Collins and the Wild Frontier,” debuted at the 2013 New Orleans Film Festival; his first feature documentary, Barge, received support from the Texas Filmmakers’ Production Fund, Garrett Scott Development Grant, and Austin Film Society Grant.

Sales Agent: RJ Millard, Obscured Pictures

Public Film Contact
Dave Schachter

Publicity Contact
RJ Millard, Obscured Pictures



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