The Rifleman +
Sierra Pettengill Program: “Frontier Ghosts”
Live Screening introduced by Sierra Pettengill and followed by a conversation with Pettengill and J.P. Sniadecki.
Sierra Pettengill’s archival films explore the haunting of America’s present by its past. Her new short, The Rifleman (2020, 18 min), is an all-archival excavation of the links between gun culture, the National Rifle Association, and the U.S. Border Patrol across five decades. Following the World Premiere of The Rifleman, Pettengill presents J.P. Sniadecki and Joshua Bonnetta’s El Mar La Mar (2017, 95 min), a stunning, sonically immersive 16mm documentation of the objects, voices, and textures of the Sonoran Desert along the U.S.-Mexico border.