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"El Valley Centro," James Benning (U.S., 1999)

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© Courtesy of the Artist and Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
"El Valley Centro," James Benning (U.S., 1999)

2155 Center Street
94720 Berkeley
CA

November 9th, 2011 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

QUICK FACTS
EVENT TYPE:  
Screening
WEBSITE:  
http://www.bampfa.berkeley.edu
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Other (outside areas listed)
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bampfa@berkeley.edu
PHONE:  
510.642.0808
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Wednesday–Sunday, 11am–7pm
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University of California Berkeley
TAGS:  
film
COST:  
$5.50 BAM/PFA members UC Berkeley students $9.50 Adults (18-64) $6.50 UC Berkeley faculty, staff, and retirees Non-UC Berkeley students Senior citizens (65 & over) Disabled persons Youth (17 & under)

DESCRIPTION

All of James Benning's films share an affinity with landscape photography; the long duration of his individual shots invite contemplation and draw our attention to th e social implications of place. In El Valley Centro, images of plowing and harvesting expose a region deeply connected to agribusiness. Strangely unpopulated, the area appears to be a company town. It is not just the crop duster and oil rigs, but the huge fields that dwarf tractors and the total absence of unaltered landscape that signal corporate values are at work. Water is regulated, the land is furrowed, and fires burn under control. Human sound is faintly heard, but perhaps only remembered. Kathy Geritz

 

(90 mins, Color, 16mm, From the artist)

(510) 642-1412

bampfa@berkeley.edu

http://www.bampfa.berkeley.edu/filmseries/

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