Experience Pine Barrens: Film + Discussion

A wilderness stands in defiance of the encroaching megalopolis that surrounds it. Rare orchids and endangered species thrive near busy roadways. Wildfires rage through forests bringing life to the sandy soil. Land, once deemed inhospitable, gave rise to community and industry. For individuals experiencing the world inside and out of a veil of folklore and myth, a sense of pride and identity are inexorably linked to this diminishing island of darkness within a sea of traffic and lights inside the most densely populated state in the nation - New Jersey.For six years, David Scott Kessler has been filming New Jersey’s Pinelands in order to create a growing and evolving artistic endeavor. The Pine Barrens is presented as progressively changing editions during this period of political flux that threatens to undermine the protections that formed the nation’s first National Reserve. The film, which is scored live by The Ruins of Friendship Orchestra, is an epic tone poem, a blend of fantasy and reality that captures the wonder experienced in the Pinelands in the hopes of rekindling the sense of importance and imagination that helped to preserve it over 40 years ago. Learn more at http://www.pinebarrensfilm.com .....................Film Runtime: 2 hours. A brief Q/A with director David Scott Kessler will follow the screening.

2 hr 30 min


Sat, Oct 218:00pm