This film opens SECCA’s film series The Artists, which asks the question, “How does creation happen and can it be captured on film?” These films are exemplars of the artistry of capturing creation in film in compelling and unprecedented ways. Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present documents the artist’s performance exhibit at MOMA in 2010. The filmmakers described the artist as “using her own body as a vehicle… she creates performances that challenge, shock and move us.”
March 21: Louise Bourgeois: The Spider, The Mistress And The Tangerine
Filmed over a span of almost fifteen years, between 1993 and 2007, with complete access to the artist’s world, the film is an unprecedented display of the artist’s process and the formation of her creative thought
April 18: Crumb
Directed by Terry Zwigoff, this film is a stunning, haunting documentary about underground artist and comics guru, Robert Crumb, creator of Fritz the Cat, Zap Comix and Mr.Natural.
May 16: Frida
A portrait of a portraitist, Frida chronicles the life of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. At a time when female painters were a rare curiosity, Kahlo had the unflinching audacity to persevere with her unique visual style.
June 20: Matthew Barney: No Restraint
This film follows artist Matthew Barney into his journey towards a very personal definition of art, using 45,000 pounds of petroleum jelly, a factory whaling ship and traditional Japanese rituals to create his latest project, Drawing Restraint 9.
July 18: Pollock
Jackson Pollock is the subject of this Academy Award-winning film directed by and featuring Ed Harris as the artist in a very personal, thorough and thoughtful examination of a truly troubled genius.
Filmmakers and Creators Discussion Group of The Artists
facilitated by guest experts, artists, filmmakers
Pulling from the essential questions of The Artists film series, we are inviting a group of emerging filmmakers, series ticket holders and others to discuss the films, the process of creation and how it is captured on film and other media. These discussions will occur directly after the film in person. This will allow for engaging immediate conversation about the film and use of auditorium facilities such as videoconferencing to bring in the voice of filmmakers. The discussion may continue informally through social media.