CRACKING THE FRAME – KUSAMA – INFINITY

A genuinely felt portrait of the artist as a dedicated survivor, ever in service to her vision of the world and fighting for her place in it. – LA Times

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KUSAMA – INFINITY
Heather Lenz
USA – 2018 – 76 min

Kusama – Infinity explores artist Yayoi Kusama’s journey from a conservative upbringing in Japan to her brush with fame in America during the 1960s (where she rivaled Andy Warhol for press attention) and concludes with the international fame she has finally achieved within the art world. Now in her 80s, Kusama has spent the last 30 years living in a mental institution in Japan.

Kusama – Infinity explores Kusama’s fierce determination to become a world-renowned artist. Kusama was born into a conservative family in rural Japan and she made her way to America on the heels of WWII. There, without connections and speaking only broken English, she devoted herself to her one true love, making art.

On her first day in New York, Kusama has stated that she climbed to the top of the Empire State Building, looked down upon the city below, and made a decision to stand out from everyone she saw below and become a star. She has received the Praemium Imperiale Laureate for lifetime achievement in painting, and was named the world’s ‘most popular artist’ and one of the ‘most expensive living female artist’ in 2014.

A sharp portrait of the trailblazing Japanese pop artist Yayoi Kusama – Little White Lies

Infinity is an essential watch in order to understand why Yayoi Kusama’s art matters, and how the person behind the dots is inspirational beyond the finite reach of our own individual universes. – Culture Whisperer

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.
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KinoKonzert #3 – Jeff Mills plays Fritz Lang’s Woman in the Moon

For the third KinoKonzert instalment we have teamed up with Melbourne Music Week and ACMI to present Jeff Mills’ soundtrack of Fritz Lang’s classic sci-fi silent film Woman in the Moon!
Co-founder of Detroit’s Underground Resistance and one of the most revered techno DJ’s to date, Jeff Mills will play his original score live for the very first time in Australia.
One show only, on Friday 16 November at ACMI Melbourne. More info here.

CRACKING THE FRAME – GARRY WINOGRAND: ALL THINGS ARE PHOTOGRAPHABLE

“The film doesn’t suppose that you could separate the art from the artist, not least because the artist was always insistently and physically present, looked at by many of his subjects even as he looked at them from beyond the frame.” – The NY Times

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Garry Winogrand: All Things are Photographable
Sasha Waters Freyer
USA | 2018 | 90 min

Described as a “poet,” an “athlete,” or a “philosopher” of photography, Garry Winogrand harnessed the serendipity of the streets to capture the American 1960s and ’70s. His Leica M4 snapped spontaneous images of everyday people, from the Mad Men era of New York to the early years of the Women’s Movement to post-Golden Age Hollywood, all while observing themes of cultural upheaval, political disillusionment, intimacy and alienation.  Once derided by the critics, Winogrand’s “snapshot aesthetic” is now the universal language of contemporary image making.

‘Garry Winogrand: All Things are Photographable’ is the first cinematic treatment of Winogrand’s work, including selections from the thousands of rolls of film still undeveloped upon his unexpected death in 1984.

Interviews with Tod Papageorge, Matthew Weiner and more attest to Winogrand’s indisputable influence, both as artist and chronicler of culture. In the tradition of Robert Frank and Henri Cartier-Bresson, Winogrand’s candid, psychological style transports us to a bygone world, one where image lacked the editing and control possible today.

“One of the rare art-world bio-docs that delivers the sensation of seeing a story unfold dramatically onscreen, Sasha Waters Freyer’s Garry Winogrand: All Things Are Photographable introduces a compulsive picture-taker who was for a time hailed as photography’s essential artist, then saw critical opinion turn on him.” – The Hollywood Reporter

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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 – YELLOW IS FORBIDDEN

“I’ve tried to use traditional skills to touch people, to move their minds and souls, to let them feel that they are really beautiful, rare and precious.” – Guo Pei

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YELLOW IS FORBIDDEN
Pietra Brettkelly
New Zealand, China | 2018 | 93 min
Benelux Premiere

Recognition from Paris’s Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture is considered the apex of the fashion industry, and Chinese designer Guo Pei is determined to reach it.
With a remarkable eye for detail and exquisite blending of visual art forms, veteran documentarian Pietra Brettkelly (A Flickering Truth, The Art Star and the Sudanese Twins) captures Guo’s drive, artistry, meticulousness, and acumen, from the designer’s emergence on the international scene—when Rihanna wore her hand-embroidered canary yellow gown to the Met Gala in 2015.

That dress won Guo Pei international attention. It was sweet vindication for the Chinese couturier, who’d grown up in the Cultural Revolution when Mao suits were the only acceptable fashions, embroidery was ‘feudal’, and her beloved grandmother told her to forget about yellow dresses. Nevertheless, Guo thrives amid these challenges, establishing herself as a singularly capable and uncompromising warrior for her art.

With loving fidelity for Guo’s work, Brettkelly depicts both the process and the fashion itself, resulting in a timely examination of what it takes for an outsider to earn acclaim from one of the West’s most redoubtable institutions.

“Impressive … An intimate, involving portrait of Chinese fashion designer Guo Pei.” – The Hollywood Reporter

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CRACKING THE FRAME -AN ART THAT NATURE MAKES

“Extraordinary … Illuminating … Beautiful. Now it’s clear to me that she is without question our greatest living 17th-century photographer.” – The New York Times Critic’s Pic

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AN ART THAT NATURE MAKES
Molly Bernstein
USA | 2016 | 75 min
European Premiere

Finding unexpected beauty in the discarded and decayed, photographer Rosamond Purcell has developed an oeuvre of work that has garnered international acclaim, graced the pages of National Geographic and over 20 published books, and has enlisted admirers such as Jonathan Safran Foer, Errol Morris and Stephen Jay Gould.

AN ART THAT NATURE MAKES details Purcell’s fascination with the natural world – from a mastodon tooth to a hydrocephalic skull – offering insight into her unique way of recontextualizing objects both ordinary and strange into sometimes disturbing but always breathtaking imagery.

Nominated for the ReelWomenDirect Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman at the Cleveland International Film Festival.

“A fine primer to academic darling Purcell’s object-driven focus, from which questions about the natural world and its relation to aesthetics are impossible to ignore.” – The LA Times

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Production stills of new interactive VR project

These pics are now a few months old but as the development of this VR production proceeds, publishing them seems to be an apt way to announce it. :)
These shots document the first research phase for an interactive VR experience that I am currently developing in company of three hugely talented individuals, multiple award-winner VR director Michael Beets, and the internationally renowned dancers / choreographers Iratxe Ansa and Igor Bacovich.
The project has just started and will be produced in close collaboration with a trailblazing electronic music producer. I can’t reveal any names at the moment but remain tuned and more information will follow…

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Miraculous Trajectories – first teaser

I am thrilled to be finally able to share the first teaser of my latest production!
Miraculous Trajectories is the result of the very first collaboration between two landmark Chinese artists, the visual artist Cheng Ran and the electronic music producer Shao Yanpeng (aka Dead-J). Both artists have been blazing trails in their artistic fields for over a decade and I am humbled to be the person bringing them together for this truly extraordinary and unique A/V project.
Miraculous Trajectories is a 70-minute feature film that will be solely released as a film concert, with Shao Yanpeng’s original score performed live.
I will post more information about the film and the dates of the first events in the near future, for now enjoy the teaser.

CRACKING THE FRAME – JAAR: LAMENT OF THE IMAGES

“I want to communicate to people about certain things that are happening around us, around the world, close or far. In order to transform this information into art you have to add poetry. It’s essential.” Alfredo Jaar

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JAAR, LAMENT OF THE IMAGES
Paula Rodríguez Sickert
Chile | 2017 | 77 min

JAAR, LAMENT OF THE IMAGES is the first documentary dedicated to the influential contemporary artist Alfredo Jaar.

Jaar’s works deliver important political messages and reflect urgent current issues, such as immigration at the US-Mexico border, the genocide in Rwanda, and the coup in Chile, Jaar’s native country and where his career started.

Directed by the award-winning filmmaker Paula Rodríguez Sickert, the documentary is a journey through his work, revealing his ideas and sources of inspiration through interviews and through his most discussed exhibitions and installations worldwide.

The soundtrack of the film is composed by one of the most trailblazing contemporary electronic music producer Nicolas Jaar, Alfredo’s own son.

“Art as an act of resistance. Art as a last bastion of freedom in a society that has become immune to images.” – Dokfest

 “Impressive.” – Screen Anarchy

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