Case Number 24022: Small Claims Court

CRAFT IN AMERICA: THREADS

PBS // 2012 // 60 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge David Johnson // June 23rd, 2012

The Charge

Explore the creativity of the human spirit through work that begins with humble threads.

The Case

Who loves quilting? Apparently craftspeople whose ideological views rest squarely on the left side of the spectrum. I have no idea what it is about weaving that would lend itself to a liberal mindset, but looking at the cross-section of artisans profiled in this documentary it seems that's the majority. Sorry right-leaning quilt fans, no gorgeously woven tapestries of assault rifles or Antonin Scalia.

Craft in America is PBS's award-winning series that examines different crafting disciplines. Quilting jump to the forefront here, focusing on four talented artists: Faith Ringgold, who tells the history of African Americans through her work; Randal Darwall, who works with his partner crafting brightly-colored creations; Consuelo Jiminez Underwood, a weaver and sewer using her skills to "question the borders that divide nations" (uh huh); and Terese Agnew, an ecology-minded quilter aiming to provoke dialogue about the destruction of the environment all "in the name of progress."

So, yeah, pretty outspoken, but kudos to these folks for believing so strongly in their worldview and craft. All four are talented (at least, I think they're talented; I'll defer to my quilting mother-in-law to make that call) and the documentary examines not just their adeptness with the art, but what it's inside them that bubbles up and forces their hand.

The disc: standard definition 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen, Dolby 2.0 stereo, no extras.

The Verdict

Got quilt? No guilt!

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Scales of Justice
Judgment: 80

Perp Profile
Studio: PBS
Video Formats:
* 1.78:1 Anamorphic

Audio Formats:
* Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (English)

Subtitles:
* English (SDH)

Running Time: 60 Minutes
Release Year: 2012
MPAA Rating: Not Rated

Distinguishing Marks
* None

Accomplices
* IMDb
http://us.imdb.com/title/tt0983334/combined