To celebrate the reactivation of Ballroom’s latest commission, Haroon Mirza’s stone circle, Ballroom presented a very special program at the Crowley Theater.
First we screened PASSAGE, a short film by artist and co-founder of the CineMarfa film festival, Jennifer Lane, which documents megaliths across the Iberian Peninsula. The screening was followed by a short talk on West Texas petroforms – human-formed shapes made by lining up rocks into patterns on open ground – by William A. Cloud, Director of the Center for Big Bend Studies. This was followed by a conversation between filmmaker, archeologist, Ballroom’s director, and the public. The evening culminated in a full moon activation of the stone circle.
PASSAGE, directed by Jennifer Lane, explores seldom seen ancient spaces – megalithic dolmens and passage graves across the Iberian Peninsula. Using an experiential, first-person perspective closely connected to the human body, the thirty-minute film constructs a landscape where stone temples built by Neolithic people prefigure modern-day earthworks. Megaliths are pictured in surroundings that range from remote pastoral landscapes to urban spaces, underscoring the fluidity between past, present, and future.
Artist and Speaker Profiles
Jennifer Lane is an artist and filmmaker whose work has been exhibited in galleries, museums, and festivals including the Hammer Museum, the ZKM Center for Art and Technology, Antimatter Media Art Festival, the Miami International Film Festival, and Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions. She is the recipient of two grants from the Austin Film Society for her newest film PASSAGE. Along with partner David Hollander, Jennifer has produced a number of film and video projects for and about other visual artists. Lane is the co-founder and co-director of the CineMarfa film festival, now entering its eighth year, which showcases artist-made, archival, and other rarely screened films. She attended art school at the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence and the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, and is the mother of two sons ages 8 and 15.
William A. Cloud B.A., M.A., RPA (Register of Professional Archaeologists)
William A. Cloud B.A., M.A., RPA (Register of Professional Archaeologists) William A. (Andy) Cloud, a native Texan with over 35 years of experience in Texas archaeology, received both his B.A. (Archeological Studies—1978) and M.A. (Anthropology with a focus on Archeology—1987) degrees from The University of Texas at Austin. He has served as the Director of the Center for Big Bend Studies (CBBS) of Sul Ross State University since 2008. Prior to his time with the Center, he worked across much of the state during tenures with the Office of the State Archeologist at the Texas Historical Commission, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Big Bend National Park, the Texas Archeological Research Laboratory at The University of Texas at Austin, and several private archeological firms. He has authored or coauthored over 40 archaeological reports, while fulfilling an avid interest in the archaeology of the Big Bend.
This event is made possible by major support from the National Endowment for the Arts and Texas Commission on the Arts.
Special thanks to the Big Bend Sentinel; Michael Camacho; Center for Big Bend Studies; William A. Cloud; Crowley Theater; Rob Crowley; Tim Crowley; JD DiFabbio; Virginia Flores; Jennie Lyn Hamilton; Lisa Kettyle; Marfa Live Arts; Marfa Public Radio; Elise Pepple; Carolyn Pfeiffer; Emma Rogers; Emily Williams.