CIFF caps series with ‘Running Fence’

Aug 06, 2014
Photo by: www.christojeanneclaude.net “Running Fence” in Sonoma and Marin Counties, California, was installed 1972-76 by Christo and Jeanne-Claude.

Rockland — The Camden International Film Festival and Farnsworth Art Museum will cap CIFF’s 10 For 10 series with “Running Fence” Wednesday, Aug. 20, at 7 p.m. at the Strand Theatre, 345 Main St. Admission is $8.50, $7.50for senior citizens and children younger than 12.

Filmmaker Albert Maysles recently received the National Medal of the Arts from the President for his work. His classic documentary “Running Fence” from 1978 is nonrated and runs just under an hour. “Running Fence” depicts the long struggle by the artists, Christo and Jeanne-Claude, to build a 24-mile fence of white fabric over the hills of California, disappearing into the Pacific — cost? Three million dollars. The idea at first must have seemed the limit of absurdity, for the fence was taken down as planned at the end of two weeks and now exists solely on film.

There is a struggle between the artists and the state bureaucracy, who want to prevent the fence being erected … even though the ranchers whose land it crosses want it. Opposition seems insurmountable, but the fence finally unfurled brings the community together in celebration of its beauty. After four years of work, Christo sees the vision realized.

On Wednesday, Sept. 10, the Farnsworth Forum will present internationally renowned artist Christo, who will speak on (late wife) Jeanne-Claude’s and his historic projects ranging over half a century at the Strand. The monthly 10 For 10 series has celebrated the upcoming 10th edition of CIFF, set for Thursday through Sunday, Sept. 25 through 28.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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