CRACKING THE FRAME – BEING FRANK: THE CHRIS SIEVEY STORY

“A pop-culture outsider gets his colorful due.” – Hollywood Reporter

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BEING FRANK: THE CHRIS SIEVEY STORY
Steve Sullivan
UK | 2018 | 105 min
Benelux premiere

Steve Sullivan’s debut feature documentary BEING FRANK: THE CHRIS SIEVEY STORY tells a twisted tale of split personalities.

The film explores the extraordinary secret life of artist Chris Sievey, best known as his alter ego Frank Sidebottom, the maverick Manchester comedian in a papier mâché head.

Chris Sievey was a songwriter, artist, comedian and wayward genius. A man whose life was a fantastic, subversive piece of performance art. His greatest creation, the mysterious Frank Sidebottom becomes a star – a manic, insane, mercurial star who obscures his own creator – playing at Wembley Stadium, getting his TV show and building an army of fans.

Chris grows to resent his creation and descends into alcoholism and bankruptcy, but his genius cannot survive without ‘Being Frank’. So Chris devises a master plan…

In his fascinating documentary Steve Sullivan reconstructs the life of Sievey through interview with the people who knew him and through extraordinary access to Sievey’s private archive.

Lenny Abrahamson’s feature film FRANK was inspired by Sievey’s life.

“A wonderful ode to the unique mind and artistry that birthed Frank Sidebottom” – Glide Magazine

““Being Frank” has the fascination of an enduring pop footnote, and it could be the kind of cult film that “Frank” wasn’t.” – Variety

“I was thoroughly entertained and moved by this documentary. I highly recommend it.” – Susan Sarandon

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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 – A LONG WAY HOME

“An extraordinary portrait of a generation.” – FilmExplorer

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A LONG WAY HOME
Luc Schaedler
Switzerland | 2018 | 73min
Benelux premiere

A Long Way Home takes us on a fascinating journey into both the grim days of recent Chinese history and the dazzling cultural scene in present-day China.

Directed by award-winning Swiss filmmaker Luc Schaedler (Angry Monk – Reflections on Tibet, Watermarks – Three Letters from China), this fascinating film follows five of the most significant representatives of contemporary Chinese arts: avant-garde visual artists the Gao Brothers, modern-dance choreographer Wen Hui, subversive animator Pi San and poet Ye Fu.

With bravery and subversive wit, they each shed light on the social problems in their country from their unique perspective. What they share is a struggle to come to terms with their respective pasts, all scarred by the violence and oppression that accompanied the democracy movement of 1989. Through their own unique artistic practices these five renowned artists question which values determine our cultural identity, and in what kind of world we wish to live.

“An entertaining and moving plea for human solidarity.” – Filmbulletin

 “An impressive film facing the sadness of the past and the headlessness of the present with empathy, fantasy and solidarity.” – Film21

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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 – WITKIN & WITKIN

As a portrait of artists, Witkin & Witkin is an enlightening character study, but as a snapshot of the strange experience of being a twin, it’s remarkably true to life. – POV Magazine

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WITKIN & WITKIN
Trisha Ziff
Mexico & USA | 2018 | 93 min
Benelux premiere

WITKIN & WITKIN explores the worlds of two identical twins artists, Joel-Peter, a world famous photographer, and Jerome, a respected figurative painter and educator.

While Jerome’s paintings focus on political and social themes, along with serious portraiture, his brother’s surrealist photographic work deals with transgressive and often taboo themes such as deformity and death.

Though both visual artists who grew up in great physical and emotional proximity, they now rarely speak and live a significant distance apart, the one in upstate New York, the other in New Mexico.

WITKIN & WITKIN documents the pair’s personal lives, distinct philosophies and artistic practices, as the prospect of a joint exhibition (their very first, at 78!) pushes them to find a way to overcome their differences.

Filmed over 4 years by multiple award-winning filmmaker and photographer Trisha Ziff (The Man Who Saw Too Much, Chevolution), WITKIN & WITKIN is a beautiful film about art, family ties and growing older, from the perspective of two accomplished artists working in different media who shared a childhood but whose lives took very different directions.

Each unorthodox and unique in his own inimitable way, the Witkins make for compelling viewing in this bold, intimate portrait of their relationship, which is both a profound meditation on art and an excellent dual-biopic. – Hammer to Nail

A film about individual perception, creativity and the pursuit of art. – SF DocFest

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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 – 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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