Lo-Fi Landscapes: Pictures From the New World | Chicago Reader

Lo-Fi Landscapes: Pictures From the New World

Bill Brown and Thomas Comerford approach the American landscape similarly, seeing it steeped in history that can be divined using the static gaze of a camera. Brown may owe something to James Benning, with whom he studied, but he manages the rare trick of filming landscape with humor that doesn't depend on smugness or irony—a giant roadside bottle is shown without commentary. His 2003 film Mountain State explores West Virginia, in part through roadside markers that reveal massacres at the heart of our expansionist history. Comerford's Land Marked/Marquette looks for traces of the explorer in today's Chicago, including the Marquette Building's mosaics (which don't film very well) and a canoe trip that passes Cub Foods and other icons of the present. Also showing is their collaboration Chicago Detroit Split. 60 min.


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