A CIFF 10 x 10 Film Event, co-presented by the Farnsworth Art Museum


A celebration of Christo and Jeanne-Claude's vision; first a four-year struggle, then 24 1/2 miles of white nylon fabric, rising from the Pacific and stretching like a white sail across California.

RUNNING FENCE depicts the long struggle by the artists, Christo and Jeanne-Claude, to build a 24 mile fence of white fabric over the hills of California disappearing intothe Pacific. Cost: 3 million dollars. The idea at first must seem the limit of absurdity for the fence was taken down as planned at the end of two weeks and now exists solely on film. There is a struggle between the artists and the state bureaucracy, who want to prevent the fence being erected, even though the ranchers whose land it crosses
want it. Opposition seems insurmountable.

The fence finally unfurled brings the community together in celebration of its beauty. After four years of work, Christo sees the vision realized. "See how it describes the wind."

Directed by  David Maysles, Albert Maysles and Charlotte Zwerin
USA | 1978 | NR | 58 min

Running Fence picks up where Gimme Shelter left off. Gimme Shelter, the Maysles Brothers (with Charlotte Zwerin) Altamont film, dealt with the breakdown of community, the exhaustion of the youth culture of the 60′s; Running Fence, their new movie, in a sense deals with the survival of community, the way in which people discover the meaningof integrity and integration through a creative act. The Boston Globe

Blue Ribbon, American Film & Video Festival, 1978

1978 Academy Award Nominee

Show Dates & Times:

8/20/14 - Wednesday

7:00 pm,

$8.50 Adults, $7.50 Under 12, Seniors

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