Pine Barrens

Nancy Holt
Pine Barrens, New Jersey
16 mm film, color, sound
Duration: 30 minutes, 34 seconds

Pine Barrens ​is a dynamic portrait of the New Jersey wilderness, shot by Holt as she ventures through a strikingly desolate landscape. The film is underscored by the music of ​Bill Patton’s Pine Barrens Trio ​and interviews with local “pineys”—people who hold both pride and vexation for the fruitless land they call home. As they relate their struggles to make a living and describe supernatural encounters with the “Jersey Devil,” Holt’s lens intimately investigates the site, revealing the unexpected beauty of its details.

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