Wavelengths 4 (rr) 
An abbreviation for "railroad", RR (USA) is the latest (and possibly the last) 16mm work by the great American independent filmmaker James Benning, who was recently the subject of a monograph published by the Austrian Film Museum. A banner work at 2008's Berlinale, RR is a breathtaking film of 43 freight trains traversing the expansive American landscape. The film is shot in 43 static shots, duration is determined by the length and speed of the passing trains. In addition to Benning's synch-sound recording, sound excerpts and songs provide a clever counterpoint to the images, obliquely invoking past events including the Vietnam War. The collaged soundtrack includes Karen Carpenter singing for a Coca-Cola commercial, Woody Guthrie's "This Land Is Your Land" and Gregory Peck reading from Revelations.
2008 Screening Schedule