The Rural Route Film Festival was founded in New York City in 2002 to highlight works that deal with rural people and places. Whether it be a documentary about an organic turnip farm in West Virginia, a fictional backpacking drama set in Peru, or a personal/experimental work about life in a small town in Wisconsin, this festival is open to a wide variety of definitions of the term rural. The 2012 Festival, a portion of which will be shown in Ithaca, included short films from “Thirteen Forsaken Fragments” by legendary ethnographic filmmaker Robert Gardner, two of which are included in the touring shorts program. Cornell Cinema’s series also includes Now, Forager, a feature film about love and fungi, and a restored 35mm print of Robert Gardner’s acclaimed Dead Birds, about the Dani, a tribe of Papuans in New Guinea.
films in series
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