CRACKING THE FRAME – HARRY GRUYAERT. PHOTOGRAPHER

“In a field where everyone predominantly used black-and-white, Belgian photographer Harry Gruyaert was the first to use color on one of the most important and influential genres in photography, photojournalism.” – Take Five

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HARRY GRUYAERT. PHOTOGRAPHER
Gerrit Messiaen
Belgium | 2018 | 70 minutes

This is the story of  Belgian 75 year old Magnum photographer Harry Gruyaert whose life was saved by color.

Harry grows up in a strict and traditional Catholic Flemish family. His father forbids him to become a photographer because he sees it as sinful. So he decides to leave his country and travel. Coming from a repressed and grey background he discovers the lights and color of Europe, North Africa and Asia. Driven by the irresistible desire to be a photographer, he becomes a pioneer in European color photography.

The film tells the story of a restless vagabond, a questing soul who never stops hunting for images. A man who despite all, must follow an irresistible urge to continue travelling and to discover the changes in society.

“For more than 30 years, Gruyaert documented the world in a chromatic fashion; his seriousness never lost in midst of the spectrum, instead brought more emphasis to an atmospheric grit and reality. Now a member of Magnum Photos, Gruyaert still continues to shoot in colour, asserting its existence.” Take Five

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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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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 – 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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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. 

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CRACKING THE FRAME – THE MAN WHO SAW TOO MUCH

“An elegantly built documentary who’s main character, graphic photographer Enrique Metinides, is unforgettable.” – Cine Vertigo

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THE MAN WHO SAW TOO MUCH
Trisha Ziff | Mexico | 2015 | 89 minutes

Famed Mexican photographer Enrique Metinides took the art world by storm when his photographs were exposed by a number of important American and European art galleries in 2002. Since then, numerous exhibitions have been dedicated to his work, culminating in a two-year world tour of a collection of 101 of his photographs, from 2011 to 2013. Such an impressive series of achievements appears even more remarkable considering that he worked for the whole of his professional life as a humble photojournalist for various Mexican tabloids and newspapers.
Metinides started his career roaming the streets of Mexico City in search of accidents and crime scenes when he was just 9 years old. His passion for cinema shaped his way of seeing and his extraordinary eye turned the tragedies he captured into unsettlingly beautiful images of life and death.
Now in his eighties, Metinides talks candidly about his life and career, exploitation and censorship, reflecting on what it means to spend one’s life documenting death. Through his words and through intimate interviews with family members, curators, collectors and colleagues, THE MAN WHO SAW TOO MUCH reveals the internal struggle of a man obsessively searching for glimpses of humanity and beauty in tragedy.

Awarded at the 2016 Ariel Awards (Mexican Oscars) for ‘Best Feature Length Documentary’ and ‘ Best Score’.

“The film shows us the fragility of human life and the cruelty of chance.” – La Jornada
“Through interviews and reproductions of his striking photos, the film conveys the inner life of a singular artist.” – Spectacular Optical

Premiere screening Wednesday 16 November 19:30h at Rialto Amsterdam, with an introduction by FOAM curator Mirjam Kooiman. The film will screen in selected Dutch cinemas in December.

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CRACKING THE FRAME – SHIELD & SPEAR

Brand new kaleidoscopic documentary about art, politics and freedom of expression in post-apartheid South Africa.

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Wednesday 12 November, 19.30h at Rialto

SHIELD & SPEAR
Petter Ringbom
South Africa & USA | 2014 | 89 min
Dutch Premiere

SHIELD & SPEAR explores a constellation of personal stories of South African artists, musicians and fashion designers as they deal with issues of identity, creativity and race.

An artist paints a caricature of South African president Jacob Zuma that provokes a lawsuit, death
threats and a massive street protest. An Afrikaans musician devises a stage character based on an archetypal African dictator to more freely comment on his community and his country.
For a group of extravagant designers in Soweto, their fashion creations and style are manifestations of freedom. A photographer dedicates her life to documenting the LGBT community and exposing hate crimes that go unnoticed by the government and mainstream media.
While one Johannesburg-based band is overtly political, another band makes a conscious decision to not deal with politics.

Through their creations and personal stories SHIELD & SPEAR documents how issues of race and cultural heritage affect young South African artists, black and white, and what it means to live and work as an artist in the “Rainbow Nation” today, twenty years into democracy.

Featured artists, musicians and fashion designers: Brett Murray, BLK JKS, Zanele Muholi, Gazelle, The Brother Moves On, Yolanda Fyrus, Fokofpolisiekar, The Smarteez and more.

“The art, photography, music, and fashion represented in the film is incredible — more so when we’re shown the passion, motive and risk behind it.” – Toronto Film Scene

SHIELD & SPEAR is also going to be screened in December in Leeuwarden (Slieker Film), Nijmegen (Lux), Breda (Chassé) and Arnhem (Filmfocus).

Cracking the Frame

A monthly program featuring an international selection of critically acclaimed art related documentaries and artists’ films.
Cracking the Frame focuses on the creative intersection between art and film through experimental documentaries and cinematic portraits of the life and work of established contemporary artists, filmmakers, writers and global thinkers.
Each film is theatrically unreleased in The Netherlands and will be screened in English or with English subtitles.