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

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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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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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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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CRACKING THE FRAME – ROBERT DOISNEAU: THROUGH THE LENS

A portrait of an authentic artist. – Séquences – La Revue de Cinéma FR

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Robert Doisneau: Through the Lens
Clémentine Deroudille
France | 2016 | 83 min

Le baiser de l’hôtel de ville is the title of a 1950 picture of a couple engaged in an intimate kiss, right in the middle of Paris. It is an iconic and clichéd image of a romantic Paris that never really existed. The image became one of the most iconic images in the history of photography and it made Robert Doisneau, the photographer who took it, an instant celebrity.

There is a certain irony here, because Doisneau (1912-1994) was not interested in clichés at all. His work is mainly dedicated to the ordinary, unremarkable people you meet on the street, in the cafes and on the market – people he always displayed with great respect.

Directed by Doisneau’s granddaughter, Clémentine Deroudille, and featuring previously unreleased photographs and video archives as well as interviews with Doisneau friends and colleagues, ‘Robert Doisneau: Through the Lens’ tells the story of a humble man turned superstar photographer and a pioneer of photojournalism.

The film draws the intimate portrait of the life and work of an artist fiercely determined to be a purveyor of happiness, a man who always regarded himself as an outsider, just like many of the people he photographed.

The international press on Robert Doisneau: Through the Lens

A warm look at the great French photographer. – LA Times

Director Clémentine Deroudilles portrays the French photographer Robert Doisneau with charm and empathy, as a philanthropist who relied on illusions and produced clichés – a successful film tribute. – Kunst und Film DE

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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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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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