Screening + Q&A | Land Hacks: Masculine Media Anxiety Disorder (or 55 Film Locations Near Bakersfield)
Where: Lenfest Center for the Arts
615 W. 129th St.
212-854-1754 Price: Free
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Please join us for a free screening of the documentary Land Hacks: Masculine Media Anxiety Disorder (or 55 Film Locations Near Bakersfield) on Friday, September 27th, starting at 7:30 pm at Lenfest Center for the Arts. John Caldwell, the director, will introduce the film. Following the screening there will be a Q&A with Caldwell moderated by Rob King (Columbia University).
This event is free and open to the public but tickets can be reserved in advance here: https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pe/10451312
Land Hacks: Masculine Media Anxiety Disorder (or 55 Film Locations Near Bakersfield) retraces the migration of the Oakies to rural California and visits 55 Hollywood film locations spanning the southeastern corridor of the state. Kern County, in California’s Central Valley, promotes itself as the “most red-state county in blue-state California” and ‘the Texas of California”; the county’s labor wars, land extraction economies, and media stereotypes combine to reveal rural folks and urban elites uneasily attempting to “hack” each other when they “partner” to make films. During production, director John Caldwell suffered three heart attacks, and he uses the attacks as lenses to explore white male victimization in the Trump era. Caldwell isolates a series of 11 masculine anxieties—including muscle, stupidity, white, God, and order—that fuel current mediascapes of resentment and disinformation.
John Caldwell, an ethnographer, video artist, and filmmaker, is Professor of Cinema and Media Studies at UCLA. His books include Production Culture: Industrial Reflexivity and Critical Practice in Film and Television (2008) and Televisuality: Style, Crisis, and Authority in American Television(1995), Electronic Media and Technoculture (2000) Caldwell’s other feature documentaries include Rancho California (por favor) (2002) and Freak Street to Goa: Immigrants on the Rajpath (1988).Buy tickets/get more info now