Museum Town

Museum Town

In 2017, MASS MoCA became the largest center for contemporary art in the world. This is the story of a unique institution, the small town it calls home, and the great risk, hope, and power of art to generate cultural and economic rebirth. With original music by Wilco bassist John Stirratt and appearances by artists ranging from James Turrell to David Byrne to Bill T. Jones, Museum Town reveals how an idea becomes a reality, tracing the creation of artist Nick Cave's monumental installation UNTIL, a reflection on gun violence, race, and the American Dream.

Soundtracked by Talking Heads, Sharon Jones, Big Thief, Wilco, Moses Sumney, and many more. With the voice of Meryl Streep.

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Jennifer Trainer


Director: Jennifer Trainer
Executive Producer: Rachel Chanoff, Jack Wadsworth, Susy Wadsworth
Producer: Jennifer Trainer, Noah Bashevkin, Ivy Meeropol
Screenwriter: Jennifer Trainer, Noah Bashevkin, Pola Rapaport
Cinematographer: Kirsten Johnson, Daniel B. Gold, Wolfgang Held
Editor: Pola Rapaport
Music: John Stirratt and Paul Pilot
Principal Cast: Nick Cave, Denise Markonish, John Barrett III, Ruth Yarter, David Byrne, Meryl Streep
Additional Credits: Graphics and Animation: Scott Grossman, Additional Editor: Anne Alvergue


Jason Ishikawa
Public Film Contact
Noah Bashevkin
THE OFFICE performing arts + film
Publicity Contact
Dixon Knox
Sales Agent
Primary Entry: Platinum Badge, Film Badge
Secondary Entry: Music Badge, Interactive Badge, Film Festival Wristband

Year: 2019
Premiere Status: World Premiere
Genre: Documentary
Screening Category: Documentary Feature
Country: United States
Language: English
Runtime: 74:43 mins