Pines In Progress: Portraits of the Pine Barrens
by David Scott Kessler
HD video 2012-2014
score by the Ruins of Friendship Orchestra
The Pine Barrens of New Jersey, once seen as uninhabitable, has been home to many. Believed to be unprofitable, it gave birth to industries. Perceived inhospitable, it became refuge. Faced with eradication, it flourished. The Pines are a living contradiction, acres of remote forest within the nations most populated state. Rare plants and animals often found feet from busy roadways.
As production continues on a feature length Pines film, Pines In Progress aims to reveal and immerse it’s viewers in the exploration and documentation of the Pine Barrens; a place best presented through a veil of mystery and illusion. These vignettes are meant not only to document and inform on the nature of the Pine Barrens but to question how landscape and preconceived ideas inform our experiences of them.