CRACKING THE FRAME: SHADOWMAN

“A gruesome art-world fairy tale unafraid to face the bitter details of its hero’s tumultuous life.” – Slant Magazine

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SHADOWMAN
Oren Jacoby
USA | 2017 | 81 min

In the 1980s, Richard Hambleton was the Shadowman, a spectre in the night who painted hundreds of startling silhouettes on the walls of lower Manhattan and, along with Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat, sparked the street art movement.

Richard Hambleton made a name for himself with conceptual shadow paintings that haunted New York’s streets. At the height of his first commercial and critical success in the 80’s, Hambleton was featured in LIFE magazine and acclaimed at the Venice Biennale. Seemingly uncomfortable with his own success, he alienated those around him from art dealers to close friends. In the 1990s, succumbing to drug addiction, he vanished from the gallery scene. Just as suddenly as he had appeared, Richard Hambleton disappeared.

In 2009 Hambleton suddenly resurfaced, supported by two young art dealers. For nearly twenty years he had been secretly and steadily working, his talent still intact after years underground. But will he be ready to get a second chance?

SHADOWMAN plunges the viewer into the chaotic life of a forgotten artist, from early fame through his struggles with heroin, to his surprising comeback as street art exploded to become one of the most popular and lucrative art movements in the world.

The international press on SHADOWMAN: 

“A heartbreaking doc.” – The Village Voice

 “The myth of the tortured artist collides with the art documentary in Shadowman, a wholly engaging and often gripping look at the chaotic career of troubled 1980s graffiti artist Richard Hambleton.” – Screen Daily

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Established in 2011, Cracking the Frame is a monthly program featuring an international selection of theatrically unreleased, critically acclaimed documentary portraits of established contemporary artists, photographers, filmmakers and global thinkers.
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CRACKING THE FRAME – JULIAN SCHNABEL: A PRIVATE PORTRAIT

“You have to have this infinite belief in whatever you’re doing that is not rational. It’s blind faith.” – Julian Schnabel

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JULIAN SCHNABEL: A PRIVATE PORTRAIT
Pappi Corsicato
2017 | USA & Italy | 84 min

This intimate chronicle of the personal life and public career of one of the contemporary art world’s biggest superstars, Julian Schnabel, had its premiere in cinema Rialto last Wednesday and can be now seen in cinemas in The Netherlands and Belgium.

Directed by award-winning Italian director Pappi Corsicato (Libera, The Venusvians), JULIAN SCHNABEL: A PRIVATE PORTRAIT details Schnabel’s formative years in Brownsville, Texas and the beginning of his professional career in New York City in the late Seventies, his Eighties rise to superstar status in Manhattan’s art scene as a leading figure in the Neo-Expressionism movement, and his surprising transition to filmmaking with lauded works like BasquiatBefore the Night Falls, and The Diving Bell and the Butterfly.

The international press on JULIAN SCHNABEL: A PRIVATE PORTRAIT

 “Friendly, relaxed and expansive. […] Watching A Private Portrait is a bit like meeting a celebrity not at a gala but through a mutual friend — one eager to show you the human being behind the reductive public persona.” – The Hollywood Reporter

“Emotionally intimate.” – Village Voice

“You’ll come away inspired.” – Flavorwire

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CRACKING THE FRAME – ALONG FOR THE RIDE

“This rip-roaring tribute to a maverick artist trips along like a surreal odyssey, punctuated by lively reminiscences, choice clips and superb photographic material.” – The Hollywood Reporter

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ALONG FOR THE RIDE
Nick Ebeling | USA | 2016 | 90 min

Method actor, filmmaker, photographer, fine artist, art collector, and all-American madman—the many sides of Dennis Hopper are explored in Nick Ebeling’s dazzling documentary about the iconic Hollywood maverick, confirming Hopper as a major filmmaker, a fact often eclipsed by his legend. Through the triumph of Easy Rider, the magnificent career suicide of The Last Movie, the overlooked masterpiece Out of the Blue, and a midlife comeback after plenty of booze and brawling,

The story unfolds from the unique perspective of right-hand man, consistent partner in crime, and one of Hopper’s closest and oldest friends for over four decades, Satya del la Manitou.

With candid commentary from a rich array of figures from Hopper’s life, such as Wim Wenders, David Lynch, Michael Madsen, Dean Stockwell and Frank Gehry, ALONG FOR THE RIDE is a freewheeling work of film biography, with an equally memorable original score by Gemma Thompson of the critically acclaimed rock band Savages.

“What’s ultimately moving about “Along for the Ride” is that it communicates how Dennis Hopper, by sticking true to his reckless muse, was an artist who changed things, and maybe changed everything.” – Variety

 “A wondrous journey inside the mind and actions of Hopper. Full of insight, passion, love, wonder and stories of a friendship that define an era which could arguably have been the last great hurrah of true courage and revolt for America.” – Huffington Post

Premiere screening at Rialto Amsterdam, Wednesday 21 February 19:30h.
Extra screenings in selected Dutch and Belgian cinemas throughout March.

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CRACKING THE FRAME – MAURIZIO CATTELAN: BE RIGHT BACK

“Maura Axelrod’s film builds a compelling and intimate portrait. Bold, witty… as playful as a Cattelan work itself…” – BBC

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MAURIZIO CATTELAN: BE RIGHT BACK
Maura Axelrod | USA | 2016 | 94 min

Maurizio Cattelan is one of the most successful and controversial artists of our time, and one of the most unpredictable. Notoriusly provocative and elusive, Cattelan made his career on playful and subversive works that send up the artistic establishment.

Cattelan shook up the contemporary art world in the late 1980s with a series of action-based installations, including his first solo show in Milan, ‘Torno Subito (Be Right Back)’. Over his twenty-year career, he continued to inspire, disorient and insult, with satirical artworks portraying Adolf Hitler as a schoolboy or a meteorite hitting Pope John Paul II, and culminating in an all encompassing installation and retirement in 2011.

Filmmaker Maura Axelrod fascinatingly excavates Maurizio Cattelan’s disruptive and indelible career as the preminent art-world prankster of our time, interviewing curators, collectors and ex-girlfriends on what makes this most compelling of conceptual visionaries really tick.

Easily the most entertaining art film since Banksy’s Exit Through the Gift Shop” – Variety

“Probing, wistful, and at times hilarious… an uproarious and thought-provoking film” – New York Times

Premiere screening at Rialto Amsterdam, Wednesday 17 January 19:30h.
Extra screenings in selected Dutch and Belgian cinemas throughout February.

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Established in 2011, Cracking the Frame is a monthly program featuring an international selection of theatrically unreleased, critically acclaimed documentary portraits of established contemporary artists, photographers, filmmakers and global thinkers.
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First teaser of The Lake of Scars

The first teaser of The Lake of Scars is finally online!
The publication of the teaser marks also the launch of the film’s crowdfunding campaign. Watch it and if you care, help us funding this important documentary about a hidden facet of Australian history and environment, and about what reconciliation between white and indigenous Australians could look like.

 

CRACKING THE FRAME – SPETTACOLO

“A quietly ruminative view of how art and tradition are so often intertwined, and how the rapidly changing modern world affects these two cultural artifacts.” Film Stage

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SPETTACOLO
Jeff Malmberg, Chris Shellen | USA | 2017 | 91 min

Once upon a time, villagers in a tiny hill town in Tuscany came up with a remarkable way to confront their issues – they turned their lives into a play. Every summer, their piazza became their stage and villagers of all ages played a part – the role of themselves. While neighboring villages turned to tourism for survival, Monticchiello’s annual tradition kept the town together for 50 years, preserved in time. Every issue the villagers have faced in their history – their near annihilation by Nazis, the women’s movement, the struggles of the town’s independent farmers – every major event has been debated and dramatized by the villagers in the center of town.

Leading this process is Andrea Cresti, a painter and sculptor descended from Italian royalty who’s devoted his life to helping his village tell their story. At 75, he still scales scaffolding to adjust lights and pulls the stage apart after midnight rehearsals. But with no qualified heir and a future generation more interested in Facebook than farmers, he struggles to keep the tradition of the Teatro Povero di Monticchiello alive.

“Spettacolo stands as a testament to making art in the face of general indifference and worldly decline.”– AV Club

Premiere screening at Rialto Amsterdam, Wednesday 20 December 19:30h.
Extra screenings in selected Dutch and Belgian cinemas throughout December. 

Cracking the Frame

Established in 2011, Cracking the Frame is a monthly program featuring an international selection of theatrically unreleased, critically acclaimed documentary portraits of established contemporary artists, photographers, filmmakers and global thinkers.