Critic, teacher, and curator Gabe Klinger has completed shooting on Cinéma, de notre temps: James Benning and Richard Linklater, an “intimate portrait of a friendship” and “a visual essay that sets out to find connections between the work and lives of two visionary American filmmakers.” Now that he’s in post, he’s turning to the cinema-loving public for a bit of support. The Kickstarter page has the full story behind the project, biographies of Benning and Linklater and more.
From the official description: “In 1985, former oil rig worker Richard Linklater began a film screening society in Austin, Texas, that aimed to show classic art-house and experimental films to a budding community of cinephiles and filmmakers. Eventually incorporating as a nonprofit, the newly branded Austin Film Society raised enough money to fly in their first out-of-town invitee: Milwaukee native James Benning, visionary filmmaker, who was then based in New York.” The beginning of a beautiful friendship, clearly, which Gabe Klinger has documented “over the course of a few days in Austin and Bastrop, Texas, while the two filmmakers presented Benning’s films at the Austin Film Society, played baseball at Linklater’s home, visited old shooting locations, and talked about their respective filmmaking trajectories over long meals and hikes.”
The film’s producer, by the way, is André S. Labarthe, who co-created the long-running French television series Cinéma, de notre temps (Cinema of Our Time), celebrated last fall at the New York Film Festival. Capricci released a book on the series last year.