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Alive From Off Center; Mountain View

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Alive From Off Center
Mountain View
Series Description

"Alive From Off Center" was established in 1985 as a production of KTCA (St. Paul - Minneapolis) . The show featured independent works by artists in a variety of media. Its showcase format was similar to the Workshop's "New Television" series. At some point the series changed its name to "ALIVE TV." Many works created by or for the Workshop were also shown on "Alive From Off Center." Additionally, some Workshop produced pieces were coproduced and/or commissioned by KTCA specifically for the series. Susan Dowling served as Executive Producer for these programs. Series release date: 1985

Program Description

“Mountain View,” 1989, is a dance drama work created by choreographer Marta Renzi in collaboration with director John Sayles which, through movement and very little spoken text, details the interaction of several people residing at or visiting a motel or motor inn named Mountain View. The work spans a period of about 24 hours, following the individuals through late afternoon, an evening spent in the motel bar, and a picnic-style social gathering the next day. Some of the characters encountered are the family who run the motel (a mother, her young adult son, and an older man, perhaps her father); a spunky, tomboyish girl; an interracial couple lodging at the motel; a young mother; a pair of newlyweds; a barfly; three people involved in a love triangle; and the punkish friends of the motel owner's son.

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Broadcast program

Media Type


Interpersonal relations
Sayles, John (Director)
Susan Dowling (Executive Producer)
Renzi, Marta (Producer)
Prinzi, Grace (Producer)
Alexander, Jace ()
Lee, Nathaniel E. ()
Zimmerman, Cathy ()
Miller, Marta Jo ()
Elkins, Doug ()
Grossman, Caroline ()
Krugman, Irene ()
Alexander, Jane ()
Desmond, Jim ()
Holland, Fred ()
Shultz, Mary ()
Hidaka, Chisa ()
Greene, Sarah Grossman ()
Phillion, Christine ()
Callum, Joanne ()
Eldred, Thomas ()
Grunewald, Thomas ()
Wolff, Amos ()
Chicago: “Alive From Off Center; Mountain View,” WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed October 24, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_605BEDEFCBAF428E9A73E1ED21F84CF5.
MLA: “Alive From Off Center; Mountain View.” WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. October 24, 2016. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_605BEDEFCBAF428E9A73E1ED21F84CF5>.
APA: Alive From Off Center; Mountain View. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_605BEDEFCBAF428E9A73E1ED21F84CF5
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