Scene 1 Tue, Feb 27, 2018 6:00 PM
Event Info
Dialogue:Mike Gibisser and John McKerley
Series Info
Series:Bijou Film Forum
Film Info
Rating:Not Rated
Runtime:143 minutes
Director:Ben Russell
Year Released:2017


Part of Bijou Film Forum series, followed by post-screening dialogue.
FREE for UI students (present student ID at box office) and $6.50 for the general public.

"A striking documentary mood-piece..." - Ignatiy Vishnevetsky, AV Club

Filmed between a state-owned large-scale underground mine in the war-torn state of Serbia and an illegal mining collective in the tropical heat of Suriname, Good Luck is a visceral documentary portrait of hope and sacrifice in a time of global economic turmoil.   

Dialogue panelists
Mike Gibisser is a filmmaker and artist interested in navigating the indefinite lines between essay, narrative, experimental, and documentary work, often drawing together disparate subjects or time periods. He has presented work at numerous galleries and festivals around the world, including the International Oberhausen Film Festival, the Harvard Film Archive, Tony Wight Gallery, Block Cinema, the AFI Film Festival, the Images Film Festival, Sundance, the European Media Arts Festival, threewalls gallery, and Views from the Avant Garde in the New York Film Festival. His work has been featured in Artforum, Variety, and Cinemascope, amongst other publications. Mike is an assistant professor and the Director of Undergraduate Studies in the UI Department of Cinematic Arts.

John McKerley is the Oral Historian and lead interviewer for the Iowa Labor History Oral Project (ILHOP) at the University of Iowa Labor Center. ILHOP is a joint initiative of the Iowa Federation of Labor, UI Labor Center, and the Iowa State Historical Society that has been documenting the lives and labors of Iowa's workers since 1974. With over 1,200 interviews (more than 100 added by John), ILHOP constitutes one of the largest, longest running, and most significant labor-focused oral history collections in the world. John also serves as an adjunct assistant professor in the UI Dept. of History, where he teaches courses on labor history and the Progressive Era.