James Benning: One Way Boogie Woogie 2012

1 Mar 2012 – 8 Jun 2012


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  • St Peter's Metro Station
  • Sunderland Station

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James Benning is a veteran American film-maker who is recognized as one of the pioneers of independent film in the USA from the 1970s to the present day. This is his first ever one-person exhibition in the UK. His works invite us to contemplate America's unseen landscapes, industrial cityscapes, and vernacular architecure. One Way Boogie Woogie was James Benning's first feature-length film, shot in 1977. It set the tone for his future career as a film-maker who invites us to pay close attention to the details of the world, and to parts of our cities that we ordinarily pass by. Benning's films are often chains of beautifully composed, long static shots of the urban landscape. Each offers a subtle story about the way we live now, or an oblique look at the history of America in our lifetimes. One Way Boogie Woogie has been called unique in the history of American documentary film" for its uncompromising stare at the realities of American life. The film was shot in the industrial valley of Benning's home town of Milwaukee in Wisconsin. Thirty five years after making the original film, Benning has returned to Milwaukee to recreate a new version, One Way Boogie Woogie 2012.

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