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2017, 95min, dir.  Joshua Bonnetta & J.P. Sniadecki

Discussion with filmmaker Joshua Bonnetta in person! An immersive and enthralling journey through the Sonoran Desert on the U.S.-Mexico border, El Mar La Mar weaves together harrowing oral histories from the area with hand-processed 16mm images of flora, fauna and items left behind by travelers. Subjects speak of intense, mythic experiences in the desert: A man tells of a fifteen-foot-tall monster said to haunt the region, while a border patrolman spins a similarly bizarre tale of man versus beast. A sonically rich soundtrack adds to the eerie atmosphere as the call of birds and other nocturnal noises invisibly populate the austere landscape. In this film, Bonnetta and Sniadecki create a cinematographic exploration of the desert habitat, a multi-faceted panorama of a highly politicized stretch of land, a film poem that conjures up the ocean.

This event is co-sponsored with Ryan Family Friday Night Film Series.

This series is made possible by a generous grant from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature.

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