LOUD! FAST! PHILLY! Episode 75: David Kessler, Benjamin Warfield, Allen Crawford of The Pine Barrens documentary, The Ruins of Friendship Orchestra




Joseph A. Gervasi interviews three of the filmmakers behind the documentary The Pine Barrens. Present for this interview were director David Kessler, musician Benjamin Warfield of the Ruins of Friendship Orchestra, and trickster Allen Crawford (who was once also known by his now-dead alter ego, Lord Whimsy). We discuss the history of New Jersey’s Pine Barrens; the genesis of the film project; the various additional facets that accompany the film, such as live music and art installations; and the ever-evolving nature of both the project and the public’s awareness and protective appreciation of the Pine Barrens. Along with some talk about the lives and other projects of Kessler, Warfield, and Crawford, we consider psychedelics and representing the psychedelic experience on film. We talk about the challenges and responsibilities of representing not only an endangered (and unique) geographic region, but the people (some of whom are not lacking NJ/Philly-are attitude) for whom it is a home or source of solace.

At the time this interview was recorded, The Pine Barrens was nearing completion, with a release date set for some time in 2017.

Photos by Karen Kirchhoff


Joseph A. Gervasi

Joseph co-owns DiabolikDVD.com, programs films and events as a founding member of Exhumed Films, and is a freelance writer, reviewing films for Cinedelphia. Joseph was a founding member of the Cabbage Collective in Philadelphia and Orgasmic Productions in NJ, organizing DIY hardcore punk and spoken word shows. He also "sang" in The Orgasmic Toilet Band (TOTB). He edited NO LONGER A FANzine (NLAFz) and co-edited the later stages of Philly Zine. Gervasi co-conceived The Valerie Project with Greg Weeks.

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