New Jersey Film Festival

The Pine Barrens

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The New Jersey Film Festival is funded and sponsored in part by The Rutgers Film Co-op/New Jersey Media Arts Center; The Rutgers University Program in Cinema Studies/School of Arts and Sciences; Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders through a grant provided by New Jersey State Council on the Arts / Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts; Rutgers University School of Arts and Sciences Honors Program; Jungle Software; The Rutgers University Writer’s House; Johnson & Johnson; New Jersey Stage; and many others!

A wilderness stands in defiance of the encroaching megalopolis that surrounds it. Rare orchids and endangered species thrive near busy roadways. Wildfires rage through forests bringing life to its sandy soil. Land once deemed inhospitable, gave rise to a community and with it, a sense of pride inexorably linked to the diminishing island of darkness. Under a veil of folklore and myth, within the most densely populated state in America lies the New Jersey Pine Barrens. For six years, during a period of political flux that threatens to undermine New Jersey Pineland's protections, David Scott Kessler filmed the forest and its inhabitants in order to create a growing and evolving portrait of nature and identity. The project, which evolved as a series of live performance scored by The Ruins of Friendship Orchestra, aims to capture the surreal wonder of the Pinelands in the hope of rekindling the sense of importance and imagination that helped to preserve it over 40 years ago. 2019; 104 min.

  • Year
    2019
  • Runtime
    104 minutes
  • Language
    English
  • Country
    United States
  • Director
    David Scott Kessler
  • Screenwriter
    David Scott Kessler
  • Producer
    David Scott Kessler
  • Composer
    The Ruins of Friendship Orchestra
  • Music
    The Ruins of Friendship Orchestra