Carhenge: Genius or Junk?
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|Carhenge: Genius or Junk?|
|Directed by||David Liban|
|Written by||David Liban|
Carhenge: Genius or Junk? is a 2005 documentary film about Carhenge, an artist's almost-to-scale interpretation of Stonehenge, but built with automobiles instead of megaliths. Located in Western Nebraska, Carhenge has become a huge tourist attraction and also a center of local controversy.
The director, David Liban is a professor at the University of Colorado Denver.
In the film, creator Jim Reinders challenges a community's definition of art, freedom of political expression, and appropriate land use development. This documentary focuses on Reinders' effort to erect the monument, and to then keep it from being dismantled. It also addresses aspects of public art and how, in many forms of art, the creative effort is often more about group unity than about the final end-product. The program runs 26:40.
This film has been broadcast on Public broadcasting stations nationally, Israeli television, and at the following film festivals and conferences:
- Australian International Film Festival, Melbourne, Australia, Oct 2006
- Berkeley Video and Film Festival, Berkeley, CA - Oct 28, 2005
- Boulder International Film Festival, Boulder, CO - Feb 2006
- Big Muddy Film Festival Carbondale, IL - Feb 2006
- Sarasota Film Festival, Sarasota, FL - April 2006
- James River Film Festival, Short Film juried Competition, Richmond VA - April, 2006
- Trenton International Film Festival, Trenton, NJ - May 2006
- The Estes Park Film Festival, Estes Park, CO - September 2006
- Spotlight Nebraska Film Festival, Scottsbluff, NE - October 2006
- Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival, Nevada City, CA - January 13–15, 2006
- Starz Film Center, Colorado Filmmakers Showcase, Denver, CO - Dec 5th, 2005
- Popular Culture Assoc. National Convention, Atlanta, GA - April, 2006
- Popular Culture Assoc. Southwest Regional Convention, Albuquerque, NM - Feb 2006
- University Film and Video Assoc. Conference, Chicago, IL - Aug. 2005
- University of Colorado at Denver, Theatre, Film and Video Production Series -Sept., 23, 2005
Linda Brown reviewed the documentary for the Journal of Film and Video, writing that "Shaping the media elements of sight, sound, and motion around audience agreement rather than reason, logic, or factual analysis, he has nevertheless produced a successful and entertaining film."
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