small roads

  • 103'
  • USA
  • 2011
The ne plus ultra of road movies, small roads is precisely what its title indicates. James Benning claims his film is best described by making a list of the 47 roads in question and the cars that drive on them, which together denote a circular journey through America’s west and south over the seasons.
But let’s speak in grander terms: small roads is digital cinema as virtuoso landscape painting, depicting each two-lane blacktop from a central perspective, each 16:9 countryside highway glistening under the hot sun, shrouded in fog, or coated with a dusting of mid-winter snow. In its execution, small roads most resembles Benning’s final 16mm masterpiece RR, in that the action (or here, stasis) inside the frame determines the length of each shot; but with each shot being a careful, invisible digital composite, the suddenly prolific Benning is up to more than just 'looking and listening'.
Director
James Benning
Premiere
European premiere
Country of production
USA
Production Year
2011
Festival Edition
IFFR 2012
Length
103'
Medium
HDcam
Language
no dialogue
Producer
James Benning
Sales
James Benning
Cinematography
James Benning
Editor
James Benning
Sound Design
James Benning