David Scott Kessler | US | 104
Within the heart of New Jersey, the most densely populated state in America, a scorched wilderness stands in defiance of the encroaching megalopolis that surrounds it. Once deemed inhospitable; north and south, rural and suburban, harmony and disruption, truth and folklore, all merge and contradict around the stories that unite individuals living among the land. Spanning six years, the film paints a portrait of nature and identity that aims to capture the surreal wonder of the Pinelands during a time when corruption threatens to undermine its few protections. The Pine Barrens is scored live by The Ruins of Friendship Orchestra, a fusion of folk and electronic sounds, creating a layered experience transporting the viewer through this surreal landscape.
the Ruins of Friendship Orchestra
Ben Warfield - synthesizer
Laura Baird - vocals, flute, banjo
Veronica Jurkiewicz - viola
Jesse Sparhawk - harp, bass
John Pettit - guitar, trumpet, harmonium