Two Years at Sea


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Two Years at Sea

  1. Friday, September 21, 2012 6:30 p.m.
Still image from the film Two Years at Sea
Ben Rivers has created a unique body of work in contemporary avant-garde cinema with his experimental documentaries about wilderness spaces and the unusual people who engage with them. Two Years at Sea depicts Jake, a man who lives alone in the forests of Scotland, as he carves out a life all his own. Often working in black-and-white 16mm film, sometimes using expired stocks and shooting with hand-wound Bolex cameras, Rivers frequently highlights the relationships between cinematic time and the unconventional temporal structures within which his subjects exist, and the artisanal look of his images neatly mirrors the handmade life that Jake has built. (35mm presentation)