James Benning

James Benning was born to German immigrant parents in Milwaukee in 1942. He began working as an independent filmmaker in 1972, even before studying film at the University of Wisconsin, starting with short films and subsequently moving on to longer experimental works. “Benning’s talent has always had more to do with form than with content—more to do with style than with ‘having something to say,’ as many people would put it, even though form and style can be as expressive as content. Leftist politics often hover in the background or around the edges…” (Jonathan Rosenbaum)