Infrastructure on Film

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"This appropriately multi-faceted series gathers together a diverse array of films that explore the infrastructure of the built environment, the various systems and networks that are conceived, designed, and engineered to encourage the functioning of our societies (while perpetually proving just as capable of turning destructive). Encompassing films about trains, mass transit systems, and highways; bridges, canals, and dams; and telephone networks and electrical grids, “Infrastructure on Film” demonstrates the myriad ways that filmmakers have probed the histories, changing technologies, and profound significances of systems that are often hidden or taken for granted but crucially important to the daily lives of each and every human being. It demonstrates too the fascination that these topics have exerted on documentary, experimental, and narrative filmmakers alike – everyone from Jean-Luc Godard and Bernardo Bertolucci, Sergio Leone and Bong Joon-ho, Joris Ivens and Frederick Wiseman, to Stan Brakhage, Shirley Clarke, and Barbara Hammer."