Still from Nightfall, 2011
James Benning, 97min, digital HD

Film and Video Program

Macho Man, Tell It
To My Heart:
Collected by Julie Ault

December 5, 2013 – February 20, 2014

Curated by Jason Simon, with Julie Ault

February 20, 7:30pm

Anthology Film Archives
32 Second Avenue
New York
NY 10003

Two Cabins, 2009
James Benning, 30min, digital HD

Nightfall, 2011
James Benning, 97min, digital HD

In the summer and fall of 2007, the filmmaker James Benning built a copy of Henry David Thoreau’s Walden cabin on private land that he owns in the Sierra Nevada just north of Bakersfield, California. The following spring, nearby the Thoreau structure, Benning replicated the small, one-room cabin built by Theodore Kaczynski near Lincoln, Montana, where Kaczynski launched his bombing campaign that targeted individuals who stood for technological progress. Two Cabins pairs views out of the cabins’ windows with field recordings taken at sites of the original constructions. This work is presented with Nightfall, a 97-minute continuous shot of metamorphosing light in tranquil wooded terrain. Pure, radical, and with minimal means, Benning gives us an information-rich image of a wilderness that eludes everyday life for the majority, and an acute experience of something equally elusive - time.

Still from Two Cabins, 2009
James Benning, 30min, digital HD

Related Exhibition: Macho Man, Tell It To My Heart: Collected by Julie Ault
November 24, 2013 – February 23, 2014

Related Material:
Jason Simon & Danh Vo
Cinema Elaine, 2013
HD Video, 1 minute