Film

  • Through The Repellent Fence: A Land Art Film
    Samuel Wainwright Douglas
    Director
  • GRANTEE
    Samuel Wainwright Douglas
    GRANT YEAR
    2013

Postcommodity, Repellent Fence, 2015, near Douglas, AZ and Agua Prieta, Sonora, Mexico. Photo: Michael Lundgren; Courtesy of the artists.

Through The Repellent Fence: A Land Art Film follows art collective Postcommodity as they construct Repellent Fence, a two-mile long outdoor artwork that straddled the US-Mexico border. Postcommodity consists of three Native American artists who put land art in a tribal context. In 2015 the artists worked with communities on both sides to install a series of twenty-eight 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 artwork crossed the border a mile in each direction and symbolized a suture stitching back together cultures that have inhabited the land long before borders were drawn. Interwoven with this narrative 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.

Sam Wainwright Douglas is a director and editor working in Austin, Texas. His recent film Honky Tonk Heaven: The Legend of the Broken Spoke premiered at South By Southwest 2016, where it won an audience award for best music documentary. Douglas edited and coproduced No No: A Dockumentary, which premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, screened theatrically in thirty-five cities and is currently being broadcast on Showtime. Douglas also edited and produced the PBS documentary Ladonna Harris: Indian 101, with executive producer Johnny Depp and screened throughout November 2014 on PBS. He last directed Citizen Architect: Samuel Mockbee and the Spirit of the Rural Studio, which was broadcast nationwide on PBS in 2010. He directed 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 premiered at South By Southwest in 2009. As an editor he has cut countless hours of television for PBS, HBO, A&E, Discovery, The History Channel, and The Food Network.