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.

The Lake of Scars

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I am extremely glad to announce that I will be co-producing Bill Code’s new feature documentary The Lake of Scars!

The film documents the unlikely partnerships between an Aboriginal activist, a local farmer and a young indigenous entrepreneur to save one of the most unique archaeological, cultural and environmental sites in Australia.
The Lake of Scars is a portrait of a hidden facet of Australian history and environment and a musing on what reconciliation can look like.

Bill Code is an award-winning documentary and short-film producer with a background in video journalism. His documentaries appear regularly on the BBC, ABC, Agence France Presse, SBS, Al Jazeera and The Guardian. Bill’s 2016 short documentary Tent City for the BBC took home the Outstanding Online Video gong at the Kennedy Awards.

I am thrilled to be joining such a talented filmmaker in his first feature length production!

 

 

CRACKING THE FRAME – THE SEASONS IN QUINCY: FOUR PORTRAITS OF JOHN BERGER

“My heart born naked
was swaddled in lullabies.
Later alone it wore
poems for clothes.
Like a shirt
I carried on my back
the poetry I had read.”
― Extract from: John Berger, And Our Faces, My Heart, Brief as Photos

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THE SEASONS IN QUINCY: FOUR PORTRAITS OF JOHN BERGER
Colin MacCabe, Christopher Roth, Tilda Swinton & Bartek Dziadosz | UK | 2016| 89 min

Since 1973, the revered British art critic, writer and artist John Berger (1926 – 2017) has been living in the Alpine Village of Quincy. When he realised that subsistence peasant farming, which had sustained humanity for millennia, was drawing to an historical close, he chose to spend the rest of his life bearing witness to this vanishing existence, not least by participating in it.

THE SEASONS IN QUINCY is the result of a five-year project by Tilda Swinton and Colin MacCabe. In this unique documentary journey, four of Berger’s close friends collaborate on four very different film essays on the Booker Prize winner author of the landmark book and BBC television series “Ways of Seeing”. The four parts focus on different aspects of Berger’s life, intertwining ideas and motifs from his own work with the atmosphere of his mountain home, to compose a thought-provoking portrait of a multifaceted intellectual giant, and one of the last true Renaissance men.

“An essential document of an exemplary intellect, one who has as much to impart to the 21st century as he did to the 20th.” – NY Times

Premiere screening at Rialto Amsterdam, Wednesday 14 November 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.

CRACKING THE FRAME – TROUBLEMAKERS: THE STORY OF LAND ART

 

“My new paintbrush is a Caterpillar” – Walter De Maria

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TOUBLEMAKERS: THE STORY OF LAND ART
James Crump | 2015 | USA | 74 min

Troublemakers unearths the history of land art in the tumultuous late 1960s and early 1970s. The film portrays renegade New York artists Robert Smithson, Walter De Maria and Michael Heizer, who sought to transcend the limitations of painting and sculpture by producing earthworks on a monumental scale in the desolate desert spaces of the American southwest.

Land artists were exploring a larger canvas to work on while simultaneously seeking to create works that induced awe in the viewer, thus producing a new kind of pilgrimage and a new kind of visceral viewing experience. These revolutionary artists took on the establishment to produce art on their own terms. Their radical experience changed the landscape of art forever.

Through rare period footage, new interviews and extraordinary aerial images of the most significant land art sites, TRUBLEMAKERS takes viewers on an immersive cinematic ride through the bellicose and uncompromising history of the land art movement.

“Takes it place among the great art documentaries of the last half-century.” – The Wall Street Journal

This special screening will be introduced by Jean Bernard Koeman
Jean Bernard Koeman is a visual artist and exhibition maker. From 1998 through to the end of 2002, he was the driving force and inspiring director of Arts Centre W139 in Amsterdam.

Premiere screening at Rialto Amsterdam, Wednesday 18 October 19:30h.
Extra screenings in selected Dutch and Belgian cinemas throughout November. 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CRACKING THE FRAME – EVERYBODY KNOWS… ELIZABETH MURRAY

The seventh season of Cracking the Frame opens this evening at cinema Rialto in Amsterdam and this year we open with an exclusive European Premiere, presented in collaboration with the Stedelijk Museum and introduced by their curator Karen Archey.

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EVERYBODY KNOWS… ELIZABETH MURRAY
Kristi Zea | USA | 2016 | 60 min

EVERYBODY KNOWS… ELIZABETH MURRAY is an intimate portrait of the groundbreaking feminist artist Elizabeth Murray.
The film explores the relationship between Murray’s family life and career, and reconsiders her place in contemporary art history. As her paintings defied efforts at categorization, Murray herself broke convention, leaving an indelible imprint on contemporary art and becoming the fifth woman to be celebrated with a retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, in 2005.

EKEM chronicles Murray’s remarkable journey with a mix of interviews with artists, curators and friends, private home videos and excerpts from her journals, voiced by Meryl Streep, tracing Murray’s life, from years as a struggling single mother to having a growing family and thriving career. From her early 1960’s “funk-inflected pop” and her painterly minimalism in the 70’s, to her dynamic fractured canvases of the 1990s and 2000s, Murray worked without hesitation through – and often in spite of – market trends, historical movements and her failing health, until she lost her life to cancer in 2007.

“The movie shows the great variety of Murray’s always vivid, colorful work, and culminates with a triumph not just for Murray but also, as the film takes pains to point out, for women in American art” – The New York Times

This special screening will be introduced by Stedelijk Museum’s curator Karen Archey.
Karen Archey is Curator of Contemporary Art, Time-based Media at Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. Prior to joining Stedelijk, she worked as an art critic, independent curator and editor of e-flux conversations in Berlin and New York.

As always, follow-up screenings will take place in selected Dutch and Belgian cinemas next month. 

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.

NY Times review of Yamato (California)

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Another great review for Yamato (California), this time on the New York Times!

“The jangling energy of the young filmmaker Daisuke Miyazaki’s second feature, Yamato (California), is a far cry from the gentle rhythms of In This Corner of the World. But Mr. Miyazaki’s angry young heroine, an aspiring rapper named Sakura, is a contemporary analogue of Mr. Katabuchi’s Suzu. The two films play like a natural pairing, bookends of the Japan-United States wartime experience.”

Full review here.

More international festival selections for Yamato (California)

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The international festival run of my first feature film production Yamato (California) continues successfully.
After screenings at Transylvania International Film Festival in Cluij Napoca and Nippon Connection in Frankfurt in June, this month the film will be screened at Japan Cuts New York and will have its African premiere at the 38th Durban International Film Festival.
If you’re in New York or Durban, try and catch it (while you can)!

CRACKING THE FRAME – JACO

“My name is John Francis Pastorius III. I’m the greatest bass player in the world.”

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JACO
Stephen Kijak, Paul Marchand
USA | 2015 | 110 min
Dutch Premiere

JACO tells the story of Jaco Pastorius, a self-taught, larger-than-life musician who single-handedly changed the course of modern music by redefining the sound and the role of the electric bass guitar.

There are few musicians who fundamentally change their instrument, and even fewer still who transcend their instrument altogether. Jaco Pastorius did both.
In 1976, Jaco’s melodic “singing” bass style redefined the role of the bass in modern music. Almost overnight, fellow musicians and critics hailed Jaco Pastorius as “the future of modern music.”

JACO features never-before-seen 8mm film, photographs, and audio recordings, next to the first-hand memories and insights from an array of artists such as Joni Mitchell, Sting, Flea, Herbie Hancock, Geddy Lee, Bootsy Collins, Santana and Wayne Shorter and it’s directed by a duo of award-winning documentary filmmakers, Stephen Kijak (Scott Walker: 30 Century Man, We Are X, Stones in Exile) and Paul Marchand (The 50 Year Argument), and produced by Metallica’s Robert Trujillo with Passion Pictures, the production company behind Searching for Sugar Man.

“A deeply moving film, filled with breathtaking music, humor and an arc worthy of an old-time epic.” – Pop Matters

Duthc premiere on Wednesday 07 June 19:30h at Rialto Amsterdam with an introduction by music journalist and programmer Gijsbert Kamer (Volkskrant, VPRO, Lowlands). Follow-up screenings will take place in selected Dutch cinemas from September. Stay tuned.

Cracking the Frame

A monthly program featuring an international selection of theatrically unreleased, critically acclaimed arts documentaries.
Cracking the Frame focuses on the creative intersection between art and film through thought-provoking cinematic portraits of the life and work of established contemporary artists, photographers, filmmakers and global thinkers.

Cracking the Frame in Belgium!

I am thrilled and proud to finally be able to announce that the program of Cracking the Frame will be presented by Sphinx Cinema in Gent from June 2017 onward.
After six successful years, the only regular program dedicated to art documentaries in The Netherlands not only continues to grow but has finally reached across the border.
Thank you to the programmers of Sphinx Cinema for welcoming and endorsing Cracking the Frame in the beautiful city of Gent!

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