Troublesome Creek: A Midwestern

on January 03, 1997 by Lea Russo
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   ³Troublesome Creek² is more than a sad documentary about a family that must auction their farm in order to pay off a bank note. It's an intimate personal tragedy. When she hears her parents' bank loan is called, filmmaker/narrator Jeanne Jordan returns to their 450-acre farm in Iowa. With her husband/filmmaker Steven Ascher, Jordan captures the turmoil her parents face as they struggle to keep the land that's been in the family for 100 years.
   Though there are moments that will rip your heart out, ³Troublesome Creek² isn't sentimental or melancholy. Rather, it views misfortune objectively, as part of the inevitable cycle of life and death. It's no surprise that this film is nominated for an Academy Award and won the 1996 Sundance Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award. Directed, written and produced by Jeanne Jordan and Steven Ascher. An Artistic License release. Documentary. Unrated. Running time: 89 min.
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