Documentary - Art & Artists

Documentary - Art & Artists
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Ai Weiwei: Yours Truly

Following Ai Weiwei’s detention by Chinese authorities, the outspoken artist and activist transformed the former penitentiary of Alcatraz into an artistic platform. The exhibition launched a companion piece in which visitors sent over 90,000 postcards to prisoners of conscience around the world. In deeply moving interviews, AI WEIWEI: YOURS TRULY follows these postcards across the globe.

3 day rental • NR • 76 min.


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Beyond the Visible - Hilma af Klint

Hilma af Klint was an abstract artist before the term existed, a visionary, trailblazing figure who, inspired by spiritualism, modern science, and the riches of the natural world around her, began in 1906 to reel out a series of huge, colorful, sensual, strange works without precedent in painting. The subject of a recent smash retrospective at the Guggenheim Museum, af Klint was for years an all-but-forgotten figure in art historical discourse, before her long-delayed rediscovery.

3 day rental • NR • 94 min. • German & Swedish with subtitles


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Big Joy: The Adventures of James Broughton

Years before the Beats arrived in San Francisco, the city exploded with artistic expressions: painting, theatre, film, poetry. At its center was the groundbreaking filmmaker and poet James Broughton. BIG JOY explores Broughton's passionate embrace of a life of pansexual transcendence and a fiercely independent mantra: 'follow your own weird.' His remarkable story spans the post-war San Francisco Renaissance, his influence on the Beat generation, escape to Europe during the McCarthy years, a lifetime of acclaim for his joyous experimental films and poetry celebrating the human body, finding his soulmate at age 61, and finally, his ascendancy as a revered bard of sexual liberation.

3 day rental • NR • 82 min.


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Bill Traylor: Chasing Ghosts

This illuminating documentary explores the life of a unique American artist, a man with a remarkable and unlikely biography. Bill Traylor was born into slavery in 1853 on a cotton plantation in rural Alabama. In his late 80s, Traylor became homeless and started to draw and paint, both memories from plantation days and scenes of a radically changing urban culture. Using historical and cultural context, BILL TRAYLOR: CHASING GHOSTS brings the spirit and mystery of Traylor’s incomparable art to life.

3 day rental • NR • 75 min.


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Can You Bring It: Bill T. Jones and D-Man in the Waters

CAN YOU BRING IT: BILL T. JONES AND D-MAN IN THE WATERS brings to life the creative process that culminated in Bill T. Jones’s tour de force ballet D-Man in the Waters, one of the most important works of art to come out of the AIDS crisis. As a group of young dancers in the present re-interpret the work, they deepen their understanding of its power. This lyrical documentary illustrates the power of dance and the triumph of the human spirit.

3 day rental • NR • 90 min.


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The Capote Tapes

ANSWERED PRAYERS was meant to be Truman Capote's greatest masterpiece, an epic portrait of New York's glittering jet-set society. Instead, it sparked the downfall of the iconic author of Breakfast at Tiffany's and In Cold Blood. Through never-before-heard audio archives and interviews with Capote's famous friends and infamous enemies, THE CAPOTE TAPES reveals the rise and fall of one of America's most influential writers and public figures.

3 day rental • NR • 98 min. • Closed Captioning Available


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Dries

For the first time, fashion designer Dries Van Noten allows a filmmaker to accompany him in his creative process and rich home life. For an entire year, Reiner Holzemer documented the precise steps that Dries takes to conceive four collections, the rich fabrics, embroidery, and prints exclusive to his designs. The emblematic fashion shows that bring his collections to the world and have become cult “must-sees’ at the Parisian Fashion week.

3 day rental • NR • 90 min. • Flemish with subtitles


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Eva Hesse

Eva Hesse (1936-1970) is one of America's foremost postwar artists. Her pioneering sculptures helped establish the post-minimalist movement. This film captures the psychic struggles of an artist who, in the downtown New York art scene of the '60s, was one of the few women to make work that was taken seriously.

3 day rental • NR • 108 min.


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Gerhard Richter Painting

Gerhard Richter, one of the internationally most significant contemporary artists of our times, granted filmmakers access to his studio in the spring and summer of 2009 while he was working on a series of large abstract paintings. This film offers us rare insights into his work. In quiet, highly concentrated images, we enjoy a fly-on-the-wall perspective of a very personal, tension-filled process of artistic creation.

3 day rental • NR • 108 min. • German with subtitles


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Gravity Hero

Trey McIntyre was one of the busiest young choreographers of his generation when he mysteriously shuttered his dance company. This sudden end is the backdrop of McIntyre’s introspective documentary, which explores themes of creativity, loss, and transformation embodied in the dances choreographed during the company’s life. Excerpts from some of his best known pieces include “Ma Maison,” inspired by his encounters with the New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band.

3 day • NR • 70 min.


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Gustav Stickley: American Craftsman

The rise, fall and resurrection of the father of the American Arts and Crafts movement is chronicled in the new documentary Gustav Stickley: American Craftsman. This film offers an unprecedented look at the life and works of Gustav Stickley as told through interviews, archival materials, and a close examination of his most iconic works. It traces the development and evolution of Stickley's unique style, as well as the creation of his diverse businesses including the Craftsman Magazine, Craftsman Farms and his ground-breaking Manhattan store. It also details the eventual loss of his businesses - and, after several decades, the rebirth and recognition of the movement he inspired. **50% of the Rose’s proceeds will be donated to the Port Townsend School of Woodworking.**

3 day rental • NR • 68 min.


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Impulso

The spectacular avant-garde choreographies of flamenco dancer Rocío Molina have electrified audiences around the world. Her extravagant, mesmerizing and mostly improvised pieces combine traditional Flamenco with modern-dance, avant-garde theatrics, objects, paint, and eclectic music compositions. Now Molina must prepare for one of her most challenging works ever for a new show at Chaillot National Theater in Paris. Despite Molina’s unconventional stagings and artful theatrical setups, she remarkably manages to maintain her connection to Flamenco’s rich history and traditions.

3 day rental • NR • 87 min. • Spanish with subtitles


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Journal de France

Travelling alone, internationally acclaimed and Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer and filmmaker Raymond Depardon spent six years capturing France with a large format camera. This long, solitary road trip provided fertile ground for the creation of an extraordinary travel journal. Depardon revisited important places from his past as a reporter: Chad, Venice and Cannes. Previously unseen footage from his archive has also been added to create an intimate, compelling and revelatory 'Journal de France' - a unique portrait of a country and its landscapes.

3 day rental • NR • 100 min. • French with subtitles


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Levitated Mass

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

3 day rental • NR • 88 min.


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Louise Bourgeois: The Spider, The Mistress and The Tangerine

A journey inside the world of a legend of modern art and an icon of feminism. Onscreen, the nonagenarian Louise Bourgeois is magnetic, mercurial and emotionally raw-an uncompromising artist whose life and work are imbued with her ongoing obsession with the mysteries of childhood. Her process is on full display in this intimate documentary, which features the artist in her studio and with her installations, shedding light on her intentions and inspirations.

3 day rental • NR • 99 min.


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M.C. Escher: Journey to Infinity

M.C. ESCHER: JOURNEY TO INFINITY is the story of world famous Dutch graphic artist M.C Escher (1898-1972). Equal parts history, psychology, and psychedelia, Robin Lutz’s entertaining, eye-opening portrait gives us the man through his own words and images. The film looks at Escher’s legacy: one can see tributes to his work in movies, in fiction, on posters, on tattoos, and elsewhere throughout our culture; indeed, few fine artists of the 20th century can lay claim to such popular appeal..

5 day rental • NR • 81 min. • Dutch, Italian, German with subtitles


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My Rembrandt

Rembrandt, the grandmaster of intimacy rocks the art world; 350 years after his death, many people, even entire nations are obsessed with his paintings. Aristocrats cherish, experts rule, art dealers investigate, collectors hunt, museums battle. The epic documentary MY REMBRANDT dives deep into the rarified universe of private owners of Rembrandt paintings (perhaps 37 worldwide) and the art world of Old Masters, exploring the motives of its elite.

3 day rental • NR • 95 min. • English, Dutch and French with subtitles


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Play Serious

This behind-the-scenes documentary follows the production of choreographer Alexander Ekman’s work “Play,” staged at the Paris Opera in 2017. Ekman gives himself the job of creating—and transmitting to the public—a sense of real, unbridled play, and soon finds that it’s no small task. A film about meeting artistic crises on the world’s most famous and intimidating dance stage, filled with wild joy, magical choreography and stunning visuals.

3 day • NR • 58 min.


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Queen of Hearts: Audrey Flack

A new documentary about the life and art of Audrey Flack. Octogenarian artist Audrey Flack has always been a trailblazer. In this intimate portrait of her life and work, she returns to her canvas for the first time in decades, revealing her longtime struggles as an artist and mother to find her rightful place in the art world.

3 day rental • NR • 75 min.


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Rare Birds

RARE BIRDS tracks every phase of production during the creation of Alexander Ekman’s groundbreaking A Swan Lake, providing an intimate view into the process of choreography and the ingenuity at work in a world-class theater. Screening with Exquisite Corps, in which forty-two American contemporary choreographers link together in a chain love letter to dance.

3 day • NR • 59 min.


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Ursula von Rydingsvard: Into Her Own

An artistic biography of one of the few women in the world working in monumental sculpture. Von Rydingsvard’s work has been featured in the Venice Biennale and is held in the collections of some of the world’s great museums, including New York’s Museum of Modern Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. But she may be best-known for work in public spaces.

2 day rental • PG • 57 min.