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Middle of Nowhere: A Magical Film and Music Experience at PPA - Sept. 4

Join us for a one-of-a-kind interactive film and music event on Saturday, September 4. Tickets are limited, so get yours now.



Saturday, Sept. 4
3:00 pm – “Inhabited” – A Series of Short Experimental Films
5:45 pm – Music by “KooF” and “Glenn Jones”
8:00 pm – “The Pine Barrens” Film with live score by The Ruins of Friendship Orchestra

Spend the day with us at PPA’s headquarters in our historic barn at the Bishop Farmstead in Southampton, NJ as we celebrate the New Jersey Pine Barrens through film, music and art. This is an all weather event. Directions to PPA


LIVE / VIRTUAL EVENT TICKETS $20: Experience film and music online
If you can’t join us in person, you can experience the music of KooF and Glenn Jones & “The Pine Barrens” feature film live online as it happens!. Each registered online guest will receive a 20% discount on canoe/kayak rentals with Pinelands Adventures good until Oct. 31, 2021.

We are hosting a unique opportunity to view the award-winning feature-length film, The Pine Barrens ( @pinebarrensfilm ) with the accompanied live score by The Ruins of Friendship Orchestra live virtually. Viewers at home will be able to witness the score being played in real-time while watching The Pine Barrens by David Scott Kessler ( @dskessler ) in high definition. Don’t miss this special limited access screening and performance. Registration includes live music by KooF ( @koofibi ) and @thrilljockey artist Glenn Jones. Each registrant will also get a 20% discount on kayaking or canoeing from Pinelands Adventures ( @pinelandsadventures )

Event Details

3:00 pm – Inhabited: Short Experimental Films

How can film examine our relationship to landscape in ways that other mediums can not? In what ways does a body inhabit a place? How does place inhabit the body — and mind? In this selection of experimental short films, we ponder these questions while looking at the concept of land and place in ways distinct from what we know of as nature and environmental films. These films ask us to consider our perceived separateness from the natural world through shifting perspectives, science-fiction, and non-humancentric modes of storytelling.


  • Pine Barrens by Nancy Holt, 1975
  • The Whelming Sea by Sean Hanley, 2020
  • Landscape to be Invented by Josh Weissbach, 2020
  • Moon Viewing Platform by Nadia Hironaka & Matthew Suib, 2019

Full descriptions of these films can be found here. (In-person only).

5:45 pm – Featured Musicians
Music by KooF at 5:45 pm
photo of koof with trumpet
Philly-based Koofreh Umoren (KooF)
Music by Glenn Jones at 6:30 pm
guitarist and instrumentalist Glenn Jones
Guitarist and instrumentalist Glenn Jones

Glenn Jones is an instrumentalist of unparalleled skill and creativity. As a masterful raconteur Jones’ guitar work is both complex and sublime, intricate and emotional. His deep knowledge of the world of American Primitive music and his abilities on the fretboard have made Jones a pillar in his community. With each album Jones chronicles his experience, looking to the past or capturing the present with limber melodies that potently communicate the underlying emotions of the songs. Jones’ flair for storytelling shines in a live setting where origin stories are quite often the song’s introduction. It not only makes for an exceptional evening of listening but one that draws on the deep traditions of country blues. (In-person and virtual)

Sound Structure by Raúl Romero

This sound structure will be featured on the grounds weather permitting.

Raúl Romero’s work uses sound as a physical material and translates psychoacoustic phenomena into gestural scenarios. Intercommunication among us and our environment sits at the root of his practice. Romero sees sound as a multiplex medium where language, data, and music takes form to create sonic experiences. He takes different approaches surrounding the idea of “connections,” from cultural histories to satellite dishes to ecologies. Learn more here. (In-person only)

8:00 pm – Featured Event – “The Pine Barrens” Film with live Ruins of Friendship Orchestra

Screening of “The Pine Barrens” film with a live score by The Ruins of Friendship Orchestra in the soaring hayloft of our barn.  Masks must be worn.

From a past showing of “The Pine Barrens” with the Ruins of Friendship Orchestra live.

A wilderness, sculpted by fire, stands defiant of the encroaching megalopolis surrounding it. Once deemed inhospitable, the Pinelands became home to many. Through a veil of folklore and myth, their sense of identity is inexorably linked to the diminishing island of darkness in a sea of traffic and lights within the most densely populated state in the nation – New Jersey.

The Pine Barrens film is an epic tone-poem, where raging forest fires and crackling campfires generate rebirth of the physical ecology and the identity of the land and its inhabitants. It is a celebration of nature and a portrait of a particular place, but one that casts doubt on its know-ability and our ability to discern reality from superstition. The Pine Barrens explores the symbiotic yet sometimes destructive relationship between man and nature. Through moments with individuals spanning several years, it reveals the influence of place on identity during a period of gradual loss of both a way of life and the environment that gave birth to it. Learn more at www.pinebarrensfilm.com. (In-person & virtual).

PPA historic barn loft

PPA’s historic barn is the location for Middle of Nowhere films and music.

PPA Barn with pond
PPA’s historic barn outside
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Watch “The Pine Barrens” film trailer:
Special Offer – 20% Off at Pinelands Adventures

All who purchase a ticket to attend the September 4th at PPA receive a 20% discount off a rental with Pinelands Adventures. Pinelands Adventures is the premier wilderness outfitter for river trips and guided tours in the Pinelands National Reserve. An initiative of the Pinelands Preservation Alliance, Pinelands Adventures offers self-guided and guided nature experiences in New Jersey’s Pine Barrens.

People who purchase tickets to attend Middle of Nowhere on 9/4/21 at the Pinelands Preservation Alliance or a virtual pass ( good for 1 discount per email registered) receive a 20% discount on Pinelands Adventures’ self-guided trip that can be used for the rest of the paddling season which ends Oct. 31, 2021. The discount can only be used once and is non-transferable. Ticket holders must call Pinelands Adventures at 609-268-0189 to reserve their trip and use their discount for a canoe or kayak rental. We encourage you to book as early as possible since space is limited and trip fill up quickly.

Covid and Mask Event Policy:

We want to ensure a safe environment for all participants including guests, musicians, filmmakers, volunteers, and staff.

Based on CDC and NJ State Department of Health recommendations and concerns about the unvaccinated and the Delta Covid variant, the following rules will apply:

— All participants must wear masks while inside PPA’s barn
— Participants do not have to wear masks while outside

Thank you for helping us create a safe and welcoming environment.


Middle of Nowhere: a chosen place offers four distinct events from forest to metropolis. To learn more please click here.

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