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 – THE SEASONS IN QUINCY: FOUR PORTRAITS OF JOHN BERGER

“My heart born naked
was swaddled in lullabies.
Later alone it wore
poems for clothes.
Like a shirt
I carried on my back
the poetry I had read.”
― Extract from: John Berger, And Our Faces, My Heart, Brief as Photos

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THE SEASONS IN QUINCY: FOUR PORTRAITS OF JOHN BERGER
Colin MacCabe, Christopher Roth, Tilda Swinton & Bartek Dziadosz | UK | 2016| 89 min

Since 1973, the revered British art critic, writer and artist John Berger (1926 – 2017) has been living in the Alpine Village of Quincy. When he realised that subsistence peasant farming, which had sustained humanity for millennia, was drawing to an historical close, he chose to spend the rest of his life bearing witness to this vanishing existence, not least by participating in it.

THE SEASONS IN QUINCY is the result of a five-year project by Tilda Swinton and Colin MacCabe. In this unique documentary journey, four of Berger’s close friends collaborate on four very different film essays on the Booker Prize winner author of the landmark book and BBC television series “Ways of Seeing”. The four parts focus on different aspects of Berger’s life, intertwining ideas and motifs from his own work with the atmosphere of his mountain home, to compose a thought-provoking portrait of a multifaceted intellectual giant, and one of the last true Renaissance men.

“An essential document of an exemplary intellect, one who has as much to impart to the 21st century as he did to the 20th.” – NY Times

Premiere screening at Rialto Amsterdam, Wednesday 14 November 19:30h.
Extra screenings in selected Dutch and Belgian cinemas throughout December. 

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.

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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CRACKING THE FRAME – EVERYBODY KNOWS… ELIZABETH MURRAY

The seventh season of Cracking the Frame opens this evening at cinema Rialto in Amsterdam and this year we open with an exclusive European Premiere, presented in collaboration with the Stedelijk Museum and introduced by their curator Karen Archey.

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EVERYBODY KNOWS… ELIZABETH MURRAY
Kristi Zea | USA | 2016 | 60 min

EVERYBODY KNOWS… ELIZABETH MURRAY is an intimate portrait of the groundbreaking feminist artist Elizabeth Murray.
The film explores the relationship between Murray’s family life and career, and reconsiders her place in contemporary art history. As her paintings defied efforts at categorization, Murray herself broke convention, leaving an indelible imprint on contemporary art and becoming the fifth woman to be celebrated with a retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, in 2005.

EKEM chronicles Murray’s remarkable journey with a mix of interviews with artists, curators and friends, private home videos and excerpts from her journals, voiced by Meryl Streep, tracing Murray’s life, from years as a struggling single mother to having a growing family and thriving career. From her early 1960’s “funk-inflected pop” and her painterly minimalism in the 70’s, to her dynamic fractured canvases of the 1990s and 2000s, Murray worked without hesitation through – and often in spite of – market trends, historical movements and her failing health, until she lost her life to cancer in 2007.

“The movie shows the great variety of Murray’s always vivid, colorful work, and culminates with a triumph not just for Murray but also, as the film takes pains to point out, for women in American art” – The New York Times

This special screening will be introduced by Stedelijk Museum’s curator Karen Archey.
Karen Archey is Curator of Contemporary Art, Time-based Media at Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. Prior to joining Stedelijk, she worked as an art critic, independent curator and editor of e-flux conversations in Berlin and New York.

As always, follow-up screenings will take place in selected Dutch and Belgian cinemas next month. 

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.

CRACKING THE FRAME – JACO

“My name is John Francis Pastorius III. I’m the greatest bass player in the world.”

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JACO
Stephen Kijak, Paul Marchand
USA | 2015 | 110 min
Dutch Premiere

JACO tells the story of Jaco Pastorius, a self-taught, larger-than-life musician who single-handedly changed the course of modern music by redefining the sound and the role of the electric bass guitar.

There are few musicians who fundamentally change their instrument, and even fewer still who transcend their instrument altogether. Jaco Pastorius did both.
In 1976, Jaco’s melodic “singing” bass style redefined the role of the bass in modern music. Almost overnight, fellow musicians and critics hailed Jaco Pastorius as “the future of modern music.”

JACO features never-before-seen 8mm film, photographs, and audio recordings, next to the first-hand memories and insights from an array of artists such as Joni Mitchell, Sting, Flea, Herbie Hancock, Geddy Lee, Bootsy Collins, Santana and Wayne Shorter and it’s directed by a duo of award-winning documentary filmmakers, Stephen Kijak (Scott Walker: 30 Century Man, We Are X, Stones in Exile) and Paul Marchand (The 50 Year Argument), and produced by Metallica’s Robert Trujillo with Passion Pictures, the production company behind Searching for Sugar Man.

“A deeply moving film, filled with breathtaking music, humor and an arc worthy of an old-time epic.” – Pop Matters

Duthc premiere on Wednesday 07 June 19:30h at Rialto Amsterdam with an introduction by music journalist and programmer Gijsbert Kamer (Volkskrant, VPRO, Lowlands). Follow-up screenings will take place in selected Dutch cinemas from September. Stay tuned.

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 SPACE IN BETWEEN – MARINA ABRAMOVIC IN BRAZIL

“A fascinating journey with one of the most unpredictable and mesmerising artists of our times.” – BFI London

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THE SPACE IN BETWEEN – MARINA ABRAMOVIC IN BRAZIL
Marco Del Fiol & Gustavo Almeida|Brazil | 2016 | 86 min

“When you have faith, there is no pain” – Marina Abramović

Legendary performance artists Marina Abramović travels through Brazil at the peak of a deep personal crisis, in search of personal healing and artistic inspiration. The route is comprised of confronting encounters with healers, sages and shamans, and intimate personal rituals and experiences in the Brazilian natural landscape. Through this plunge into the mysterious and the unknown Abramović experiences sacred rituals and attempts to explore the boundaries and limits between artistic process and spirituality.

In what plays out as a sort of spiritual thriller, the documentary follows Abramović through a profound introspective journey through painful memories and past experiences, while revealing the intimate creative process of one of the most important artists of our time.

THE SPACE IN BETWEEN is co-directed by Brazilian artist and filmmaker Marco Del Fiol. During the course of the past decade Del Fiol focused on capturing the work of some of the most important contemporary artists of our time, such as Olafur Eliasson, Isaac Julien and Rafael Franca.

“Gritty, raw, beautiful.” PBS – Top Ten Documentaries to watch at SXSW 2016
“Ruminative and filled with stunning widescreen landscapes, the film stands several aesthetic rungs above 2012 doc, The Artist Is Present.” – Austin Chronicle

The Dutch premiere will take place on Wednesday 26 April 19:30h at Rialto Amsterdam with an introduction by a special guest. Further screenings will take place in selected Dutch cinemas in May.

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 – 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 – DON’T BLINK ROBERT FRANK

“Rather than being a film about an artist, it’s an attempt to show us what it’s like to actually be an artist.” – LA Times

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DON’T BLINK – ROBERT FRANK
Laura Israel | Canada | 2015 | 82 min

The groundbreaking photographer and filmmaker Robert Frank documented the Beats, Welsh coal miners, Peruvian Indians, The Rolling Stones and London bankers, and while doing so revolutionized photography and independent film.
For over six decades, the iconoclastic director of Pull My Daisy and Cocksucker Blues and the author of The Americans has held his singular vision and earned widespread acclaim without forsaking his outsider status. At age 91, he continues producing photography books and videos, all imbued with a profoundly poetic, deeply introspective sensibility.
Frank is also notoriously media shy and unapproachable. His multi-layered life and work are largely inseparable and he has never felt ready to let someone tell his story until his close friend, and longtime film and video editor, Laura Israel decided to produce a documentary about his life and legacy.
The film follows Frank from his early years in Switzerland to his reluctance to embrace celebrity status in New York, and to his eventual quest for solitude in a remote corner of Nova Scotia after a series of personal tragedies.
DON’T BLINK offers audiences unprecedented access to Frank’s inner world and poetics and a revelatory insight into the intricacies of his work, while artfully revealing Robert Frank’s complex life story.

“Fans will be giddy with the unprecedented access to Frank—and his irrepressible irascibility, energy, and humor—this film offers. Those uninitiated into the cult of Robert Frank should be prepared for a wild and wonderful ride. “ – Full Frame
“Enthusiastic, excited, and earthy celebration of artistic creation and the life that makes it inevitable.” – Film Stage

Premiere screening on Wednesday 22 February 19:30h at Rialto Amsterdam with an introduction by award-winning film director Chris Teerink. Teerink (Sol Lewitt, Songs Along A Stony Road, In the Shadow of the Light and Mojave). More screenings will follow in various Dutch cities in March. 

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.