As described by Iana Dontcheva, “The Artists is a series of films based around one particular question: how does creation happen and can it be captured on film? Composed of both documentary and narrative features, the series will bring some of the most interesting and memorable examples of films in recent years, which have attempted to answer that very question.”
Films for The Artists film series will be screened at 7pm in the McChesney Scott Dunn Auditorium at SECCA every third Thursday starting in February and ending in July. Admission is $10 and the series subscription is $50.
February 21: Marina Abramovic, The Artist Is Present
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.”
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.
July 18: Pollock
The most significant American figure in abstract-expressionism, Jackson Pollock is the subject of the Academy Award-winning biopic directed by and featuring Ed Harris as the artist. The film shows us the fascinating formation of the Pollock technique and style–the drip-painting—and the meandering path creation can take to come to fruition over a lifetime.
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.