UB Department of Media Study faculty member Laura Kraning will premiere her latest film collaboration (with Blue Kraning), "Las Breas", at MoMA Doc Fortnight, the Museum of Modern Art’s Festival of International Nonfiction Film and Media which runs from February 21–28, 2019. Las Breas will screen as part of “The Presence of Place” shorts program on Saturday, February 23, 2019 at 4:00pm. The filmmakers will be in attendance for the Q&A.
The Museum of Modern Art
Floor T2, Theater 2
Tickets on sale February 9
LAS BREAS (12 min, 2019) - DIRECTED BY LAURA KRANING & BLUE KRANING
Las Breas is an observational portrait of three tar pits, of which there are only six in the entire world. Situated in three distinct landscapes in Southern California – urban Los Angeles, the oil fields of the San Joaquin Valley, and Carpinteria Beach, LAS BREAS investigates the spaces between archiving the pre-historic and the contemporary industrial landscape. While skeletons of extinct megafauna and vintage animatronic beasts are on display in the heart of Hollywood, the sticky remains of ancient microscopic organisms seep to the surface of both land and sea. Of the earth, yet primordial and impenetrable, the bubbling tar that rises from the depths speaks of past extinction and human exploitation of the earth’s limited