Community Arts Film Series. One of the most important artists of our era, Ryuichi Sakamoto has had a prolific career spanning over four decades, from techno-pop stardom to Oscar-winning composer. The evolution of his music has coincided with his life journeys. Following Fukushima, Sakamoto became an iconic figure in Japan’s social movement against nuclear power. As Sakamoto returns to music following cancer, his haunting awareness of life crisis leads to a resounding new masterpiece.
Community Arts Film Series. Renowned documentarian Errol Morris (The Thin Blue Line, Fast, Cheap and Out of Control, A Brief History of Time, The Fog of War) takes a close look into photographer Elsa Dorfman's life and career as she neers retirement. Having used the giant 20"x24" Polaroid camera her whole career, Dorfman mastered a unique craft from her Cambridge, MA home. She rose to prominence in the early 1980's, photographing beat poets, rock stars, families, and more.
Community Arts Film Series. This engrossing film traces the history of this iconic image – from Egon Schiele’s gesture of affection toward his young lover – to the theft of the painting from Lea Bondi, a Jewish art dealer fleeing Vienna for her life, to the post-war confusion and subterfuge that evoke The Third Man, to the surprise resurfacing of “Wally” on loan to the Museum of Modern Art in Manhattan in 1997. "A cinematic masterwork." - Huffington Post
Community Arts Film Series. This poignant documentary chronicles the long and colorful life of Lily Yeh, an artist who has committed herself to creating community-based art in some of the world’s most trouble areas. With projects in North Philly to Kenya and Rawanda, Yeh teaches survivors of war and calamity to make murals and build sculptures from their own experience, regaining in the process a sense of purpose and a belief that life can be about creation as well as destruction.
Community Arts Film Series. When pioneering and artist Michael Heizer finds the giant boulder he’s been searching for since 1968, it sets off an epic struggle to realize one of America’s newest and largest public artworks, ‘Levitated Mass.’ The 340-ton rock’s journey from a desert quarry to a perch atop Heizer’s gigantic, walled slot in the earth at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art attracted international media and challenged the imagination of thousands. "Wonderfully entertaining." - LA Weekly
Community Arts Film Series. Through a leisurely tour through the world famous Pere Lachaise cemetery in Paris, the final resting place for legendary writers, composers, painters and other artists from around the world, FOREVER provides us with the opportunity to reflect on the transcendental importance of art in our lives, on our need to commune with the spirits of the departed, and perhaps on our own mortality as well. 50 min.
Community Arts Film Series. Seductive, fearless, and outrageous, Abramovic has been redefining what art is for nearly 40 years. Using her own body as a vehicle, pushing herself beyond her physical and mental limits – and at times risking her life in the process – she creates performances that challenge and move us. Boundaries are crossed, consciousness expanded, and art as we know it is reborn. She is, quite simply, one of the most compelling artists of our time.
Draping Michelangelo: A lecture with Estelle Lingo
We decided to kick off our 3rd annual Community Arts Film Series with something exciting: a live lecture with Estelle Lingo, Associate Professor of Art History at the UW. She recently published a book on Francesco Mochi, long viewed as an early innovator of the baroque style, and will be presenting a highly intriguing lecture about the religious and political climate of the 16th century, which posed specific challenges for the medium of sculpture, specifically to Florentine sculptors, most famously Michelangelo.