A Land for War

A Film by Enid Baxter Ryce
In association with Honest Engine Films

About the Film

Artist Enid Baxter Ryce has been documenting the lands and the ruins of the historic Fort Ord decommissioned military base where, for over a decade, she has lived and worked. A Land for War weaves together hundreds of long-hidden murals painted by former soldiers stationed at the base, archival training footage from the Vietnam War era (when Fort Ord was active), wind-swept landscapes from one of the last stretches of California coastal wilderness, and portraits of homeless veterans occupying the land today. This nearly silent and hauntingly poetic documentary portrays the impact of the military on the land and the people.

A Land for War premiered at the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. with an accompanying exhibition at the Library of Congress in March, 2017.

A Land for War is part of the Planet Ord project.

Directed by Enid Baxter Ryce

In association with Honest Engine Films

Produced by Joanne Storkan, Mike Plante, Chris Carpenter

Cinematography by Zane Adamo

Original score by Lanier Sammons

Project Website planetord.com


A Field Guide to Fort Ord by Enid Baxter Ryce is a 100-page full color paperback keepsake with images of Fort Ord's past and present, including hand-painted maps, archival photographs from Fort Ord yearbooks and the only comprehensive documentation of the soldier murals of Fort Ord.

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About the Director

Enid Baxter Ryce (nee Blader) is an artist, filmmaker and musician. She grew up in a strip-mining town that was also a Revolutionary War reenactment park. Her works have exhibited internationally at venues including the National Gallery of Art and Library of Congress, Washington, D.C; the J.P. Getty Museum, Director's Guild of America and Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Location One and Academy of Art and Sciences, New York City; Sundance, Park City UT; The Kunsthalle Vienna; The Arnolfini in London; Center for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow; CCA Andratx, Mallorca.

Her work has been written about in The New York Times, Artforum, Artreviews, The Los Angeles Times, and many others. Enid has been the Community Director for the Philip Glass Days and Nights festival since 2013. She has won awards for her work as an artist and arts educator from government agencies and non-profit festivals. Enid studied fine art at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, Yale University and Claremont Graduate University. She is Professor of Cinematic Arts and Environmental Studies and Interim Director of the Salinas City Center for Arts, Culture and Humanities at CSU Monterey Bay.