The Museum of Modern Art, Floor T1, Theater 1
*Vernon, Florida*. 1981. USA. Directed by Errol Morris. Courtesy of New Yorker Films/Photofest. © New Yorker Films

Vernon, Florida. 1981. USA. Directed by Errol Morris. 35mm. 55 min.

Legendary nonfiction filmmaker Errol Morris brings the curious residents of Vernon, Florida, to the screen as only he can. Morris makes it all look so simple, as if he turns on the camera and allows the subjects to do all the work. He rarely asks a question, but rather seizes upon the eccentricities of his subjects. In Vernon the viewer will note the inhabitants like animals but in many unusual ways. You’ll meet a turtle owner, a worm farmer, and a couple that has a jar of radioactive sand from New Mexico. Vernon, Florida, Errol Morris’ second film is a testament to the old saying, “you can’t make this stuff up”!