Archive of films Running Fence / Running Fence

1978, 58 min

Section: Forum of Independents - Competition
Year: 2004

The celebration of a vision of the famous conceptual artist, Christo, and his partner, Jean-Claude: first a four-year struggle, then 24 ½ miles of white nylon fabric stretching like a white sail across California and disappearing into the Pacific.  


The documentary Running Fence depicts the long struggle of the famous conceptual artist, Christo, and his partner Jeanne-Claude: their four-year fight to build a 24-mile fence of white nylon fabric over the hills of California and  into the Pacific. Cost: 3 million dollars. The idea at first must seem to exist at the fringes of absurdity, for the fence was taken down as planned at the end of two weeks and now exists solely on film. There is a struggle between the artists and the state bureaucracy, who want to prevent the fence being erected, even though most of the ranchers, whose land it crosses, want it. Opposition seems insurmountable. The final unfurling of the fence brings the community together in celebration of its beauty. After four years of work, Christo sees the vision realized.


Maysles Films, Inc
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United States of America
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About the film

Color, 16 mm

Section: Forum of Independents - Competition
Director: Albert Maysles, David Maysles, Charlotte Zwerin
Dir. of Photography: Albert Maysles
Editor: Charlotte Zwerin, Kate Hirson
Producer: Albert Maysles, David Maysles
Production: Maysles Films
Contact: Maysles Films, Inc


Albert Maysles

Tanja Meding



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