James Benning

James Benning

James BENNING (1942, USA) has been making films and installations for over 40 years and has made a considerable contribution to American experimental cinema. His concerns about American culture have acquired a consistent and distinct place in films such as 11 x 14 (1976), One-Way Boogie Woogie (1977), Landscape Suicide (1986) and North On Evers (1991). He mostly worked with 16mm film, but with the growing obsolescence of this medium, he gradually shifted to digital technologies in his later career, with Ruhr (2009) being the first film he made digitally. He received grants for his work from, among others, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation, the American Film Institute and the National Endowment for the Arts. Benning also teaches at the California Institute of the Arts and at Bard College.

Filmography

(selection) Did You Ever Hear That Cricket Sound? (1971, short), Ode to Muzak (1972, short), Art Hist. 101 (1972, short), Time & A Half (1972, short), Michigan Avenue (1973, short), Honeyland Road (1973, short), 57 (1973, short), I-94 (1974, short), 8 1/2 x 11 (1974, short), The United States of America (1975, short), Saturday Night (1975, short), An Erotic Film (1975, short), 3 Minutes on the Dangers of Film Recording (1975, short), Chicago Loop (1976, short), A to B (1976, short), 11 x 14 (1976), One Way Boogie Woogie (1977), Grand Opera (1979), Four Oil Wells (1978), Oklahoma (1979), Double Yodel (1980), Last Dance (1981), Him & Me (1981), American Dreams (1983, short), O Panama (1985, short), Landscape Suicide (1986), Used Innocence (1988, doc), North on Evers (1991), Deseret (1995, doc), Four Corners (1996, doc), Utopia (1998, doc), El valley centro (2000, doc), Sogobi (2001, doc), Los (2002, doc), California Trilogy (2003), 13 Lakes (2004, doc), Ten Skies (2005, doc), One Way Boogie Woogie/27 Years Later (2006, doc), Casting a Glance (2007, doc), RR (2007, doc), Ruhr (2009), Fire & Rain (2009, short), Reforming the Past (2010), Pascal's Lemma (short), Pig Iron (2010, short), John Krieg Exiting the Falk Corporation in 1971 (2010), Nightfall (2011), After Warhol (2011), Faces (2011), Twenty Cigarettes (2011, doc), Small Roads (2011, doc), Easy Rider (2012, doc), Stemple Pass (2012, doc) One Way Boogie Woogie 2012 (2012, doc), Bnsf (2012, doc), natural history (2014, doc), Spring Equinox (2016, doc), Measuring Change (2016, doc), Fall Equinox (2016, doc), Readers (2017, doc) Telemundo (2018), Two Moons (2018, doc)

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James Benning at IFFR