An official selection for the South by Southwest Film Festival in Austin, “Through the Repellent Fence: A Land Art Film,” will make its world premiere at the Documentary Fortnight series at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. It was co-produced by Texas Tech Public Media.
“Through the Repellent Fence” is directed by Sam Wainwright Douglas and follows the art collective called Postcommodity as it strives to construct “Repellent Fence,” a 2-mile-long outdoor artwork that straddles the U.S.-Mexico border. The film features scenes with Chris Taylor, director of Tech’s Land Arts of the American West program.
The university’s involvement with the Postcommodity project started in 2011 when Douglas began working on a film about land art, Taylor said. Douglas traveled with the field program several times, capturing experiences of students in the field as well as their expanding conversation about earth works. The film ultimately focused on Postcommodity’s “Repellent Fence” work to put contemporary land art in tribal context.
The film will premiere Saturday and Sunday at the Museum of Modern Art. The SXSW is scheduled for March 10-19, but the film’s specific screening date and time in Austin have not yet been announced.
Karen Michael, A-J Media