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NLAM Event Premieres “From Sea to Shining Sea”

Landscape architect, ASLA member, and filmmaker Evan Mather takes viewers on a cross-country journey in the world premiere of “From Sea to Shining Sea,” a contemporary portrait of the American landscape chronicled via coast-to-coast time-lapse video, shot with an iPhone, and audio collage.

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The one-hour and 47-minute film, focused dead ahead on the interstate highway route, traverses 11 states from the Chesapeake Bay to the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco through cities and towns, and over a variety of geographical features to create a sense of the vastness and diversity within the United States, meant to leave viewers with a greater appreciation of the country’s diverse physical and cultural landscape.

In celebration of National Landscape Architecture Month, the film’s world premiere was hosted at the National Building Museum April 6, with more than 100 DC-area design and architecture enthusiasts attending. ASLA helped sponsor the film and premiere.

In his comments there, Mather described the video as more of an art piece than a traditional feature film. See if you agree. You can watch the feature-length film here.

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