James Benning – From Bakersfield to Mojave (2021)
A document of one of the most famous 66 miles of railroad track in the world including the Tehachapi Loop.
After his 2007 RR, filmmaker James Benning set his camera up by the railroad again. This time, instead of observing various types of trains, he watches trains passing the 66-mile railroad from Bakersfield to Mojave. The endless train tracks look as if the trains were transporting us to somewhere. Watching the tracks, we gaze at the moment of trains passing through the track. We also find the heritage from the past, cargo trains, reminding us of scenes from classic western movies that today’s cinema almost forgot. From Bakersfield to Mojave forms a delightful contrast with On Paradise Road, which was exclusively filmed inside the house during the shutdown. Showing us the wild and vast nature of the United States, it delivers us some sense of freedom in this moment where nobody is really allowed to travel freely around the world.
(excerpt from Jeonju International Film Festival homepage)
It’s the film that James Benning is editing at home on On Paradise Road.
3.77GB | 1h 46m | 1920×1080 | mkv