MERIDIAN PLAIN (DCP 2K, 18 min, 2016)

MERIDIAN PLAIN maps an enigmatic distant landscape excavated from hundreds of thousands of archival still images, forecasting visions of a possible future, transmitted from a mechanical eye.

"With her newest project, the dazzling Meridian Plain (2016), Kraning moves in a slightly different direction, still exploring landscape but this time working from an archive of mechanically captured still images that she laboriously organized and then worked with frame by frame, creating a magisterial portrait of a seemingly otherworldly landscape. It is yet another black-and-white project, and we might consider it not time-lapse so much as space-lapse, wherein spaces collapse and give way to each other. Through her editing, Kraning produces complex visual and almost physical rhythms, moving from staccato pulses and a roiling horizon to hovering and shaking and ultimately disintegration." - Holly Willis

"In the unique landscape film Meridian Plain hundreds of thousands of photos – from panoramas to macro shots – chart entirely unknown territory. Fabulous editing by Kraning brings the ostensibly dead, semi-desert to life in this short documentary revealing a possible scenario for the future. Meridian Plain is an exciting first-hand report of an expedition into a dusty terra incognita."- IFFR

International Film Festival Rotterdam (Tiger Shorts Competition)
Hamburg International Short Film Festival (International Competition)
REDCAT Theater, Los Angeles, "Laura Kraning: Spectral Landscapes"
Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival
Athens International Film and Video Festival
VideoEx Film and Video Festival, Zurich
Chicago Underground Film Festival
Haverhill Experimental Film Festival