About

THROUGH THE REPELLENT FENCE follows art collective Postcommodity as they strive to construct Repellent Fence, a two-mile long outdoor artwork that straddles the U.S.-Mexico border. Postcommodity consists of three Native American artists who “put land art in a tribal context.” Aided by the communities on both sides of the border in 2015 the artists installed a series of 28 huge inflatable spheres emblazoned with an insignia known as the “open eye” that has existed in Indigenous cultures from South America to Canada for thousands of years. The spheres were evenly spaced apart and extended north and south of the border a mile in each direction. “It’s a metaphorical suture stitching together cultures that have inhabited these lands long before borders were drawn.”

The film provides an intimate glimpse into the arduous process behind creating an ambitious artwork that will give voice to the shared history and enduring culture of Indigenous societies that have made the region their home for thousands of years before a border ever divided it. Woven throughout this narrative thread are lush scenes using stunning cinematography to absorb viewers into striking land art environments that have preceded Post Commodity’s work. Scenes with other artists and intellectuals working in the land art realm provide context and insight as well. These include scenes with Chris Taylor of Texas Tech University’s Land Arts of the American West program, writer Lucy Lippard and Matt Coolidge of the Center for Land Use Interpretation.

THROUGH THE REPELLENT FENCE is an adventure in the artistic process blended with a road trip of discovery visiting sites and diverse perspectives to explore how land art can generate community interaction and perceptual shifts in how we interpret, engage and draw inspiration from our natural world.

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Trailer

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Screenings

Museum of Modern Art Documentary Fortnight 2017 / New York, NY / Feb. 18-19

South By Southwest Film Festival 2017 / Austin, TX / March 11, 13 & 17

Sarasota Film Festival / Sarasota, FL / April 4-5

Full Frame Documentary Film Festival 2017 / Durham, NC / April 6

Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art / Scottsdale, AZ / April 22

Alamo Drafthouse / Lubbock, TX / April 27

New Mexico Museum of Art / Santa Fe, NM / May 5

Montclair Film Festival / Montclair, NJ / May 6-7

Ballroom Marfa / Crowley Theater / Marfa, TX / July 20

Full Frame Theater / Durham, NC / July 27

Smithsonian Native Cinema Showcase @ Santa Fe Indian Market / Santa Fe, NM / August 20

Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian / Washington, DC / September 22

Texas Theater (Presented by the Dallas Museum of Art) / Dallas, TX / November 5

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Filmmakers

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Sam Wainwright Douglas, Director/Editor

Sam is a director and editor working in Austin, TX. Recently, Sam directed and edited Honky Tonk Heaven, which premiered and won an audience award at South by Southwest 2016. Sam edited and co-produced No No: A Dockumentary, which premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, screened theatrically in 35 cities and was broadcast on Showtime.  Sam also edited and produced the PBS documentary Ladonna Harris: Indian 101, which was executive produced by Johnny Depp and broadcast on PBS in 2014. Indian 101 was selected for the U.S. State Department’s American Film Showcase and will be shown in developing countries worldwide through screenings organized by embassies. Sam will be the cultural envoy for the film. He directed Citizen Architect: Samuel Mockbee And The Spirit Of The Rural Studio, which was broadcast nationwide on PBS in 2010.  He co-directed music documentary The Holy Modal Rounders… Bound To Lose (2006) and has edited and produced other feature documentaries such as Along Came Kinky: Texas Jewboy For Governor, which had its premiere at South By Southwest in 2009. As an editor he has cut countless hours of television for PBS, HBO, A&E, The Discovery Channel, The History Channel and The Food Network.

Jeffrey Brown, Producer

Jeffrey Brown has produced several award-winning narrative features and feature documentaries in Europe, Africa and the USA. He is Co-Producer of No No: A Dockumentary on outspoken 1970s baseball player Dock Ellis, which premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, was released theatrically in 40 cities and is currently available on Netflix, Showtime and ESPN. His narrative features include Mamas & Papas which won Best Film and Best Script at the 2010 Hamptons IFF, Shut Up and Shoot Me, a Czech-British co-production, which won Best Narrative Feature at the 2007 AFI Dallas IFF, and Academy Award-winning Czech director Jan Sverak’s Kooky, Special Jury Prize Winner at the 2010 Karlovy Vary IFF. His African films include Punk in Africa (New York FF, Rotterdam IFF) and Pirating Pirates (NY African FF) on Somali pirates, nominated for the prestigious Pavel Koutecky Award for global vision in documentary filmmaking. Jeffrey has recently finished the feature docs Vinyl Generation on Czech alternative culture and Through The Repellent Fence, set for PBS broadcast in 2017. Overall, he has produced 20 films, screened at over 100 festivals and released in over 50 countries. Having produced films internationally, he has extensive experience with foreign markets.

David Hartstein, Producer

David is an Emmy award winning documentary producer who calls Austin home. Immediately out of film school, David produced and directed Along Came Kinky: Texas Jewboy For Governor, a feature documentary chronicling Kinky Friedman’s 2006 gubernatorial campaign that premiered at SXSW 2009. He is the producer of The Happy Poet, a feature comedy that had its international premiere at the 67th Venice International Film Festival. He was a producer of Where Soldiers Come From, nationally broadcast on PBS and winner of the News and Documentary Emmy Award for Outstanding Continuing Coverage of a News Story. Recently David was a producer of America’s Parking Lot, a feature doc about Dallas Cowboys’ tailgaters that aired on ESPN in 2013. David is also currently in production as director/producer of his feature-length documentary, Untitled Israel Football Project, is a 2014 Tribeca Film Institute Documentary Fund award winner with The Sensitives and was a producing fellow at the recent Biennale Cinema College lab in Venice with La Barracuda, a new narrative project.

Julianna Brannum, Producer

Julianna Brannum is a documentary filmmaker based in Austin, TX. Her first film, The Creek Runs Red, was selected to air in Fall 2007 on PBS’s national prime-time series, Independent Lens. In early 2008, she co-produced a feature-length documentary with Emmy Award-winning producer, Stanley Nelson for PBS’s We Shall Remain – a 5-part series on Native American history. The episode, “Wounded Knee”, chronicled the siege of Wounded Knee, SD in 1973 led by the American Indian Movement. In 2007, Brannum was selected as a Sundance Institute/Ford Foundation Fellow and has been awarded grants from the Sundance Institute’s Native Initiative, National Geographic, ITVS, the Oklahoma Humanities Council, NAPT, and the Sundance Documentary Fund for her latest documentary Ladonna Harris: Indian 101. In April 2008, she was awarded a fellowship from the Rockefeller Foundation and the Tribeca Film Institute in support of the film. Ladonna Harris: Indian 101 broadcast nationally on PBS in 2014 after playing numerous festival screenings. She is a member of the Quahada band of the Comanche Nation of Oklahoma.

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Contact




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Underwriters & Support

      visionmaker     nac
suzannedeal     tech     hutfield     graham

Tin Man Fund | Virginia Lebermann | Deedie Rose

hotelsan      John Hart Asher



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