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This screening was organized by Gabe Klinger, who brought Joe Dante's The Movie Orgy to the Nightingale last fall. Klinger is currently at work on a documentary about Benning and fellow director Richard Linklater—both of whom were star athletes in high school, it turns out. (You can read his account of the project's origins here.) Benning's biography may be unique among avant-garde filmmakers. Not only did he once aspire to be a baseball player, he also taught high school math. Jonathan Rosenbaum noted this in a 2002 Reader essay about Benning's "California Trilogy," adding, "passion for neat, symmetrical patterns is central to his work... he apparently wants to give images, sounds, and certain verbal classifications the uncluttered purity of numbers and mathematical concepts." I never thought I'd mention Easy Rider and "uncluttered purity" in the same piece.