Still from Ten Skies, 2004. Courtesy: James Benning

Still from Ten Skies, 2004. Courtesy: James Benning

Still from Ten Skies, 2004. Courtesy: James Benning

Ten Skies is one of the great works of US experimental filmmaker James Benning: ten shots of the sky, each lasting ten minutes. The experience of watching is fabulously rich and intense; the skyscapes are filled with life and change at the speed of light. All ten skies were filmed from his backyard in Southern California, each formed from weather systems, mountain land currents, wildfires, pollution and the wind. This prolific but rarely shown filmmaker has had his work screened at film festivals including Sundance, Rotterdam, London and Berlin and at galleries such as the Museum of Modern Art, New York. 

Ten Skies, Dir. James Benning, 2004, 101 mins 

Biography
James Benning is an American independent filmmaker. His work focuses on a sense of place, and is often built from long, unedited takes. In 2003, Reinhard Wulf made a 90 minute documentary about Benning and his films called James Benning: Circling the Image. In 2007, the Austrian Film Museum published a book of texts on his work. Benning has held professorships at Bard College and Northwestern University, and since 1987, has taught filmmaking at the California Institute of the Arts.

Credit
Curated by AV Festival 10.

Ten Skies
Dir. James Benning

£4/£3

Mon 8 March 2010, 9pm

Star and Shadow Cinema

Stepney Bank
Newcastle NE1 2NP
starandshadow.org.uk