2006. USA. Sharon Lockhart. 136 min.
Friday, May 28, 2010, 4:00 p.m.
Theater 2 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 2), T2
2006. USA. Directed and photographed by Sharon Lockhart. The Los Angeles–based photographer and filmmaker Sharon Lockhart has long been interested in the theme of innocence and experience, and in depictions of childhood throughout the history of cinema, from her photographic series Auditions (1994), which alludes to François Truffaut’s L’Argent de poche (Small Change), to earlier films like Khalil, Shaun, A Woman Under the Influence (1994) and Goshogaoka (1997), which stages and choreographs the practice drills of a Japanese middle-school girls’ basketball team. Her beautiful, conceptually rigorous feature Pine Flat, which also exists as a gallery installation of photographs and film loops, is exquisitely sensitive to the cloistered world of children and adolescents alone and at play in nature. Shot over three years in the lush foothills of California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains, and precisely structured around twelve ten-minute, single-frame shots separated by a ten-minute musical interlude by one of the kids from Pine Flat, the film combines landscape with portraiture, and evokes a child’s intense concentration and subjective, distended experience of time. 136 min.