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 – 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 – MAPPLETHORPE – LOOK AT THE PICTURES

“It forces viewers to take long looks at his most controversial imagery, proving that he still has the power to provoke, seduce and enrage.” ★★★★ The Guardian

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MAPPLETHORPE: LOOK AT THE PICTURES
Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato | USA | 2016 | 108 min

“Look at the pictures,” said Senator Jesse Helms, denouncing the controversial art of Robert Mapplethorpe, whose photographs pushed boundaries with frank depictions of nudity, sexuality and fetishism.
MAPPLETHORPE: LOOK AT THE PICTURES is the first definitive portrait of the controversial American artist Robert Mapplethorpe, from his early beginnings in New York City to his meteoric rise in the art world and untimely death in 1989. With unprecedented access to The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation, the documentary features never-before-seen photographs and footage of the elusive artist. Mapplethorpe himself is a strong presence, telling his story in his own words through recently rediscovered audio recordings, with complete honesty and often shocking candor.
This is the unique portrait of an artist who turned photography into contemporary fine art. Acclaimed directors Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato (“Inside Deep Throat”; “Party Monster”; “The Eyes of Tammy Faye”) explore the blurred lines between Mapplethorpe’s personal and professional lives. An unflinching, unprecedented look at Mapplethorpe most provocative work and the one thing more outrageous than Robert Mapplethorpe’s art, his own life.

 “A remarkable achievement” ★★★★ The Times
“A candid, often shocking documentary portrait of a great photographer” ★★★★ Time Out
 “A thoughtful, compelling documentary.” ★★★★ The Financial Times
 “Beautiful and clear-eyed documentary” ★★★★ BBC

This special screening will take on Wednesday 22 March 19:30h at Rialto Amsterdam with an introduction by Rob Jurka, founder of Galerie Jurka. Opened in Amsterdam in 1970, Galerie Jurka was the first art gallery in Europe to show photographs by Robert Mapplethorpe and to publish a catalogue dedicated to his work. More screenings will follow in other Dutch cities in April. 

Cracking the Frame

A monthly program featuring an international selection of theatrically unreleased, critically acclaimed arts documentaries.
Cracking the Frame focuses on the creative intersection between art and film through thought-provoking cinematic portraits of the life and work 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.

Cracking the Frame

A monthly program featuring an international selection of theatrically unreleased, critically acclaimed arts documentaries.
Cracking the Frame focuses on the creative intersection between art and film through thought-provoking cinematic portraits of the life and work of established contemporary artists, photographers, filmmakers and global thinkers.

CRACKING THE FRAME – IN NO GREAT HURRY: 13 LESSONS IN LIFE WITH SAUL LEITER

It feels like yesterday when I organised the first Cracking the Frame evening at Rialto (we opened with a rocking screening of Blank City if you’re wondering..) and here we are, announcing the first screening of year three.
Month after month, this unique program in The Netherlands entirely dedicated to art documentaries has grown a large loyal audience and attracted media attention.
Many beautiful films and good memories afterwards, I am thrilled to launch another season of Cracking the Frame.
We open in September with the Dutch premiere of a brand new documentary dedicated to the work, thoughts and feelings of one of the masters of modern photography, Saul Leiter.

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Wednesday 18 September, 19.30h at Rialto cinema Amsterdam. 

In No Great Hurry – 13 Lessons in Life with Saul Leiter

Tomas Leach
UK / USA | 2012 | 75 min

Internationally renowned for his abstract color photographs, Leiter has been a solitary and media-shy artist for most of his life.
Never driven by the lure of success, while his work was featured in some of the most important museums around the world he remained more interested in expressing himself through his photographs and paintings than in building his own career.
Leiter chose instead to dedicate himself only to what truly inspired him or, in his own words, “in order to build a career and to be successful, one has to be determined. One has to be ambitious. I much prefer to drink coffee, listen to music and to paint when I feel like it.”

Broken down into thirteen lessons in life, IN NO GREAT HURRY follows Leiter as he talks openly about his life philosophy, deals with the burden of becoming world famous in his 80’s and tries to organize the huge archive of works and memories stacked to the ceiling of his apartment.
An intimate, funny and moving film dedicated to work of a humble master and to the life-long search for beauty of an extraordinary man.

 

Wonderful – The Guardian

A beautiful film about a lovely man – The Times

A beautifully-shot tribute to a unique talent – It’s Nice That

He’s a prolific, intelligent artist whose meditative and quietly observant persona is reflected in his street pictures of urban lives in passing. By turns self-effacing, wise, humorous and peevish, the 90-year-old Leiter is at his most poignant when remembering his long-term partner, the late Soames Bantry. […] Broken down into 13 lessons in life, this is a gentle and melancholy film that, given his advancing years, could be Leiter’s swan song. – Time Out

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.

 

 

 

CRACKING THE FRAME: DUANE MICHALS, THE MAN WHO INVENTED HIMSELF

As spring approaches we’re back to photography with the Dutch premiere of the newest documentary about American master Duane Michals. I’m glad to be able to present to this beautiful doc as part of Cracking the Frame!

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Tuesday 19 March, 19.30h at Rialto cinema Amsterdam

DUANE MICHALS, THE MAN WHO INVENTED HIMSELF

Camille Guichard | France | 2012 | 98 min

Duane Michals is a witty and cheerful young man of almost 80 years old and, most of all, one of the great American Masters of Photography.
As a completely self-taught photographer, Duane Michals was among the first photographers to make innovative use of photo sequences, incorporating handwritten texts which add another dimension to the images’ meaning. Blending photography and poetry to balance fragility and strength, gravity and humour, each sequence depicts the unfolding of a specific event.

Michals’ career has included shooting for Esquire, Vogue, Mademoiselle and he has been the official photographer for the 1968 Olympics and published over 30 books.

With an up-close-and-personal approach, French filmmaker Camille Guichard follows Michals in his favorite locations (Pittsburgh, New York, Vermont) and focuses on his personal life, investigating his sources of inspiration and the recurrent themes of his work: love, desire, death, and immortality.

Long trailer here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6sR69nK7Hdw

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.

CRACKING THE FRAME: EAMES THE ARCHITECT AND THE PAINTER

I’ve been searching for a while for the right film on industrial design to bring the program of Cracking the Frame to yet another new territory and the search is finally over: next week we will present the Dutch theatrical premiere of EAMES, THE ARHCITECT AND THE PAINTER. This is the very first documentary exploring the ground-breaking creations and the unconventional personal life of this influential couple. You surely know their furniture, now you can get an insight of the complexity of their world through this engaging and informative documentary.

 

Tuesday 16 October 2012 at Rialto Cinema Amsterdam

EAMES, THE ARCHITECT AND THE PAINTER

Jason Cohn & Bill Jersey

US | 2011 | 83 min

True to their motto “the best for the most for least” Charles and Ray Eames revolutionised the world of design with 40 years of iconic creations.     Described as “a painter that didn’t paint and an architecture school drop-out who never got his license”, their playful and auto-didactic approach to design remains one of the best examples of the idea of design as a perfect combination of beauty and purpose. Perhaps best remembered for their mid-century plywood and fibreglass colourful furniture, the Eames Office also created a bewildering variety of other products, from splints for wounded military during World War II, to photography, interiors, multi-media exhibits, graphics, games, films and toys.

EAMES, THE ARHITECT AND THE PAINTER is the first documentary dedicated to the life and work of this couple of inspired free-thinkers.           Directed by Oscar nominee Bill Jersey and narrated by James Franco, the documentary incorporates interviews with colleagues, historians and friends, archival photographs, television appearances and clips from famous and rarely seen Eames’ films to reveal the visionary ambition beyond the couple’s iconic creations and their impact on contemporary culture.

“Superb. A dazzling, sensory adventure. An extraordinary and enjoyable history of how two people influenced so much of our thinking and surroundings today.” – Seattle Times

“Well-crafted and insightful. A must for those with an interest in modern design.” – The Hollywood Reporter

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.

 

CRACKING THE FRAME: BOMBAY BEACH

Cracking the Frame goes on a short summer break with the special screening of Alma Har’el’s BOMBAY BEACH.

I’m extremely glad to be able to bring this amazing film to Amsterdam. I was totally mesmerized by it when I caught by chance at a film festival.

What better way to close the first season of Cracking the Frame with one of the best experimental documentaries produced in recent years?

 

Tuesday 15 May, 19.30h at Rialto Cinema Amsterdam.

BOMBAY BEACH

Alma Har’el | US | 2011 | 80′

The desolate Salton Sea in California stands as a formidable metaphor for the broken American dream.

The largest artificial lake in California, at the height of American optimism in the 1950s the Salton Sea fuelled a recreation boom.

The inland desert sea became an inviting vacation destination for the rich and famous, the new “Palm Springs by-the-Sea”.

At the height of this boom, on the eastern shore a new little resort town came to life under the name Bombay Beach. Today, lack of underflow water and high salinity have killed off the lake and Bombay Beach is little more than a shanty ghost town in the poorest county of California.

The broken-down restaurant and nightclub signs from the ‘50s and the ghostly Marina are still there to remind the community of the dream that once was the Salton Sea, now a pool of dead fish in the middle of the desert.

The poetic documentary of photographer and music video director Alma Har’el follows a number of Bombay Beach inhabitants in their daily struggles, hopes and dreams for the future. 

Their stories unfold in a mix of dreamlike images and unforeseeable choreographed sequences staged by the film protagonists and by other locals.  

This haunting place outside of history and geography becomes the canvas for its inhabitants’ imagination to re-imagine it, as they try to do with their own difficult lives.

Are they a product of the place they live in, or is this a creation of their imagination instead?

Life, dream and art overlap in Har’el’s staggeringly original documentary.  

Filmed in surreal colours and with an unconventional narrative blending storytelling, contemplative images and performances, BOMBAY BEACH is nostalgically pervaded by music composed for the film by Zach Condon of the band Beirut and by ballads of Bob Dylan.

 

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Best Feature Documentary – Tribeca Film Festival 2011

Special Jury Award – Sheffield Doc/Fest International Film Festival 2011

*****

 

“A beautiful, quirky, and ultimately very moving elm about the American Dream as it teeters on the edge of a desert sea.” Terry Gilliam

“It will remain valuable as a piece of art, and as a recording of an important American story; but in its very production it was a valuable community service to the people of Bombay Beach.” “It is a bizarre amalgam of Busby Berkeley, Michel Gondry, and Harmony Korine… Har’el has created a new way of dealing with a documentary subject.” – Berlinale Critic Circle

 “Looks and feels like a fever dream about an alternate universe. Suffused with a sense of wonder, it hovers, dancing inside its own ethereal bubble.” – The New York Times

 

 

CRACKING THE FRAME

Started in November 2011, this monthly program features 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 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.

Every third Tuesday of the month at Rialto Amsterdam.

CRACKING THE FRAME: BILL CUNNINGHAM NEW YORK

On Tuesday 17 April I will be presenting the Amsterdam premiere of the award-winning documentary on fashion photographer Bill Cunningham at Rialto in Amsterdam.

The screening is part of the monthly artist film series ‘Cracking the Frame‘ that I’m currently programming for Rialto. Beautiful art related documentaries to be enjoyed in a laid-back atmosphere on the third Tuesday of each month.

Tuesday 17 April, 19.30h

BILL CUNNINGHAM NEW YORK

Richard Press – US – 2010

For decades, New York Times photographer Bill Cunningham has been chronicling downtown eccentrics, fashion cat walks and high society charity soirees for the Times style section in his columns “On the Street” and “Evening Hours.”

Now over 80, this shy man armed with his photo cameras and a bicycle has become a trusted columnist and a familiar face for many New Yorkers, but few are aware of how influential his photographs have been in documenting and helping defying forty years of New York fashion, art and culture.

Carefully collected over the years, Cunningham’s enormous body of work is more reliable than any catwalk as an expression of time, place and individual flair.

Richard Press’ film is an inspiring and insightful portrait of a man genuinely in love with fashion and photography. A personal and joyful film focused on the work and life of a dedicated artist, his own humanity and the untamed passion for the subject of his gaze.

 

Awarded as ‘Best Documentary’ by the Boston Society of Film Critics.

Directors Guild of America’s Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary 2012 nomination.

Winner of the Best Documentary Audience Award at Sydney Film Festival 2011.

 

“Deeply moving, visually stunning.” – San Francisco Chronicle

“This is a fascinating portrait of a unique character who has built his own world out the worlds of others. Quite unlike poseur photographers, he dresses, eats sleeps and talks simply; he gets around on a push bike. And he smiles a lot. […] A rare and special film that should be savoured.” – Urban Cinephiles

 

 

CRACKING THE FRAME

Started in November 2011, this monthly program features 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 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.

Every third Tuesday of the month at Rialto Amsterdam.