Artist Enid Baxter Ryce has been documenting the lands and the ruins of the historic Fort Ord decommissioned military base where, for over a decade, she has lived and worked. A Land for War weaves together hundreds of long-hidden murals painted by former soldiers stationed at the base, archival training footage from the Vietnam War era (when Fort Ord was active), wind-swept landscapes from one of the last stretches of California coastal wilderness, and portraits of homeless veterans occupying the land today. This nearly silent and hauntingly poetic documentary portrays the impact of the military on the land and the people. Original musical score by Lanier Sammons.
A Land for War premiered at the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. with an accompanying exhibition at the Library of Congress in March, 2017.
A feature version (50 minutes) and short version (20 minutes) are available.
A Land for War. HD and 16mm film. 50 min or 20 min. 2017. Directed by Enid Baxter Ryce. Joanne Storkan, Mike Plante, Chris Carpenter, Producers. Cinematographer by Zane Adamo. Original score by Lanier Sammons.
Enid Baxter Ryce
Enid Baxter Ryce (nee Blader) is an artist, filmmaker and musician. She grew up in a strip-mining town that was also a Revolutionary War reenactment park. Her works have exhibited internationally at venues including the National Gallery of Art and Library of Congress, Washington, D.C; the J.P. Getty Museum, Director's Guild of America and Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Location One and Academy of Art and Sciences, New York City; Sundance, Park City UT; The Kunsthalle Vienna; The Arnolfini in London; Center for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow; CCA Andratx, Mallorca and has been written about in The New York Times, Artforum, Artreviews, The Los Angeles Times, and many others. Enid has been the Community Director for the Philip Glass Days and Nights festival since 2013. She has won awards for her work as an artist and arts educator from government agencies and non-profit festivals. Enid studied fine art at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, Yale University and Claremont Graduate University. She is Professor of Cinematic Arts and Environmental Studies and Interim Director of the Salinas City Center for Arts, Culture and Humanities at CSU Monterey Bay.