Radiant City

Overview

Radiant City, which represents the first collaboration between documentarist Gary Burns and journalist Jim Brown, takes as its springboard thesis the idea that suburban life is quickly becoming the norm for families across North America. It thus carries viewers inside of the "suburban mystique" via a protracted dissection of a clan that resides in a planned community, the Moss family. The film specifically examines how the suburban landscape, with its prefab houses, playgrounds, schools, strip malls, and ...
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Overview

Radiant City, which represents the first collaboration between documentarist Gary Burns and journalist Jim Brown, takes as its springboard thesis the idea that suburban life is quickly becoming the norm for families across North America. It thus carries viewers inside of the "suburban mystique" via a protracted dissection of a clan that resides in a planned community, the Moss family. The film specifically examines how the suburban landscape, with its prefab houses, playgrounds, schools, strip malls, and community activities, continues to shape and define the lives and perceptions of these individuals -- from the father's involvement with a local theatrical troupe to the children's feelings of ennui and sense of removal from the neighbors in their subdivision. Burns offsets the picture's stark themes and undertones, however, with a sharp, wicked, and occasionally satirical sense of humor that never fails to catch the absurdities or ironies of this landscape. Musician Joey Santiago, from the band the Pixies, complements the images with a gritty rock soundtrack that draws out the sense of familial dislocation and desperation. The picture also traces the rise of suburbia historically, and features input by such suburban commentators as Mark Kingwell, from the University of Toronto, and writer James Howard Kunstler, who criticize the initial postwar model for suburban communities and suggest that it may not provide the optimal environment for living and raising a family.
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Special Features

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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/4/2008
  • UPC: 741952315599
  • Original Release: 2006
  • Source: Koch Lorber Films
  • Time: 1:25:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Daniel Jeffery Nick Moss
Bob Legare Evan Moss
Jane MacFarlane Jane Moss
Ashleigh Fidyk Jennifer Moss
Curt McKinstry Ken
Karen Jeffery Karen
James Howard Kunstler Participant
Mark Kingwell Participant
Bev Sandalack Participant
Joseph Heath Participant
Ken Greenberg Participant
Andrés Duany Participant
Marc Boutin Participant
Amanda Guenther Participant
Hong Cheng Participant
Kyle Grant Participant
Austin Penny Participant
Cayla Wolever Participant
Technical Credits
Jim Brown Director, Screenwriter
Gary Burns Director, Screenwriter
Natalie Baartz Musical Direction/Supervision
Jonathan Baltrusaitis Editor
John Bissell Musical Direction/Supervision
Graydon McCrea Executive Producer
Pat McLaughlin Cinematographer
Joey Santiago Score Composer
Bonnie Thompson Producer
Shirley Vercruysse Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Radiant City
1. Opening Sequence [5:05]
2. Where I Grew Up [6:48]
3. Special Discount [4:43]
4. New School [5:27]
5. Trees Will Grow [5:23]
6. Traffic Injury [5:37]
7. Long Way Out [4:52]
8. Escape to Mexico [6:53]
9. Good Idea [5:54]
10. The Musical [5:13]
11. In a Movie [6:59]
12. Impossible Sprawl [5:56]
13. New Urbanism [4:03]
14. Actors [5:41]
15. Answers [3:23]
16. End Credits [3:24]
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