Benning films due Sunday

CLINTON — The Hamilton College F.I.L.M. — Forum on Image and Language in Motion — series will present two films by James Benning on Sunday in free, public programs.

Benning will be present for the screening of Small Roads (2011) at 2 p.m. and Twenty Cigarettes (2011) at 7 p.m. Both will take place in the Bradford Auditorium in the Kirner-Johnson Building. The screenings are organized by Professor Scott MacDonald.

During his 40-plus years of filmmaking, James Benning has "become the foremost film artist of the American landscape and one of the most influential of all American filmmakers here and abroad — and a regular visitor to Hamilton College. His recent shift to high definition digital video has allowed him to be even more productive. He continues to explore his native land with intelligence and ingenuity in his newest feature, Small Roads," college officials said.

In Twenty Cigarettes, Benning pays homage to cinematic smoking. For several generations, smoking — especially smoking cigarettes — was ubiquitous in commercial movies. Smoking was often the very emblem of thought: when characters in Hollywood movies were thinking, they smoked.