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Directed by Alain Letourneau

Portland 2014 72 mins. In English

VISITING ARTIST—Building on the quiet, evocative 16mm images that marked his earlier EMPTY QUARTER (2011), LeTourneau’s new experimental documentary examines an urban landscape overlaid with a grid designed for the movement and storage of motor vehicles. His patient camera explores the spaces allocated to roads and parking, fuel distribution and storage, and the activities of maintenance and road construction that serve our “drive-thru” culture. Referencing John Charles Fremont’s THE EXPLORING EXPEDITION TO THE ROCKY MOUNTAINS, OREGON, AND NORTH CALIFORNIA, 1843-44, the present-day environment and Fremont’s historical record are juxtaposed to consider a pristine but arduous past and mobile but congested present.