Institute History


BLACKBOTTOM is a lyrical, haunting film about a young woman's return home to Blackbottom, a deserted steel-making town stuck in post-industrial ennui. After graduating from Yale University, Tracy is trapped in the home of her deluded mother and caught in the downward spiral of a town losing its humanity.

When the doors to her own privately troubled psyche open, Tracy finds a heated, passionate love affair with her dead boyfriend and the remnants of a dizzying and rocky past. In this surreal world, Blackbottom becomes more than just a place. It is a state of being where life reclaims itself. Woven with a magical realism, BLACKBOTTOM is a love story set against an American struggle.


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