Academy Museum Screens James Benning’s ALLENSWORTH

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On Thursday, Aug. 31, the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles presents a screening of School of Film/Video faculty James Benning’s collagic film ALLENSWORTH (2022), with Benning in attendance. 

Named for and inspired by California’s first-ever municipality to be established exclusively by African Americans, ALLENSWORTH screens as part of the Academy Museum’s Available Space, a recurring monthly showcase of independent and experimental film. More about Benning’s film from the Academy Museum: 

Benning’s background in a working-class immigrant family in Milwaukee has influenced his focus on substantive narratives that address capitalism’s impacts, poverty, race, and racism. In his recent film ALLENSWORTH, he meticulously crafts a collage of images and sounds, presenting the historical context of a California ghost town founded by African Americans in 1908, seeking deliberate engagement and participation from the audience in experiencing his work.

ALLENSWORTH will be screened at the museum’s Ted Mann Theater.

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