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

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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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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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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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 – 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.

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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