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Marwencol - Recovering from a Brutal Attack, an Artist Creates a Miniature World
Jeff Malmberg's landmark documentary MARWENCOL follows the story of Mark Hogancamp, a victim of a brutal beating, who in response created a fantastic miniature world. As he documents the town's dramas with his camera, the dolls become living characters in…
Helvetica - Typography, Graphic Design and Global Visual Culture
An independent film about typography, graphic design and global visual culture. HELVETICA looks at the proliferation of one typeface (which celebrated its 50th birthday in 2007) as part of a larger conversation about the way type affects our lives. An…
Hockney - The Life and Work of an Art Icon
A portrait of the multifaceted artist weaved together from frank interviews with close friends and never before seen footage from his own personal archive. One of the great surviving icons of the 1960s, Hockney's career may have started with almost…
Chris & Don - A Love Story
The true-life story of the passionate three-decade relationship between British writer Christopher Isherwood (whose Berlin Stories was the basis for all incarnations of Cabaret ) and American portrait painter Don Bachardy, thirty years his junior. From Isherwood's Kit-Kat-Club years in…
National Gallery - Behind the Scenes of a London Institution
Frederick Wiseman's NATIONAL GALLERY takes the audience behind the scenes of a London institution, on a journey to the heart of a museum inhabited by masterpieces of Western art from the Middle Ages to the 19th Century. NATIONAL GALLERY is…
Almost There - The Life of an Elderly Artist
For many, Peter Anton's house embodies an end-of-life nightmare: the utility companies long ago shut off the heat and electricity, the floorboards are rotting, and the detritus of a chaotic life is precariously stacked to the ceiling. But for the…
Shadowman - A New York Artist and His Relationship with the "Art World"
At once an engaging tale of the rise and fall of the former Lower East Side luminary Richard Hambleton, and a searing critique of the commerce-driven art world that discarded him when his work no longer conformed to the trends…
Forever, Chinatown - An Artist Recreates His Childhood Chinatown in a Rapidly Changing San Francisco
A documentary about unknown, self-taught 81-year-old artist Frank Wong who has spent the past four decades recreating his fading memories by building romantic, extraordinarily detailed miniature models of the San Francisco Chinatown rooms of his youth. This film takes the…
Louise Bourgeois: The Spider, The Mistress and the Tangerine - A Modern Artist and Feminist Icon
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…
Art House - Exploring the Homes of Artists
In his new documentary, photographer Don Freeman explores the homes designed and lived in by notable American artists, revealing the inventiveness derived from the dialogue between each artist's practice and the construction of their handmade homes. Ranging from the romantic…
Everybody Knows... Elizabeth Murray - The Life of a Great Contemporary Painter
This intimate portrait of the groundbreaking artist Elizabeth Murray explores the relationship between Murray's family life and career and reconsiders her place in the contemporary art history. Murray's personal journals, voiced in the film by Meryl Streep, give viewers a…
An Introduction to Drawing
Episode 1 of How to Draw
Begin by considering the remarkable history of drawing, a history that has produced knowledge, methodology, and techniques that are readily learnable. Assess common misconceptions about talent and genius; discover how learning to see analytically and abstractly helps us draw; and…
Paris Was A Woman - A History of Female Artists in Paris
A film portrait of the creative community of women writers, artists, photographers and editors (including Colette, Djuna Barnes, Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas) who flocked to the Left Bank of Paris in the early decades of the 20th century.…
The Rape of Europa - The Systemic Theft and Destruction of Europe's Art Treasures
The Rape of Europa tells the epic story of the systematic theft, deliberate destruction and miraculous survival of Europe's art treasures during the Third Reich and the Second World War. On a journey through seven countries, the film takes the…
Through a Lens Darkly - Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People
The first documentary to explore the role of photography in shaping the identity, aspirations and social emergence of African Americans from slavery to the present, THROUGH A LENS DARKLY probes the recesses of American history by discovering images that have…
Beuys - The Life and Work of a Innovative Artist Joseph Beuys
Thirty years after his death, Joseph Beuys still feels like a visionary and is widely considered one of the most influential artists of his generation. Known for his contributions to the Fluxus movement and his work across diverse media --…
Art of Erotica
The subjects are five photographers and an illustrator whose artistic focus inhabits the world of fetish erotica. We get up close and personal with the artists' craft--showing fetish photography and film shoots--while posing broader questions surrounding the First Amendment rights…
Agnes Martin - Before the Grid - The Life & Work of an Abstract Expressionist Painter
Agnes Martin is one of the most important artists of the twentieth century. Before she died in 2004 at the age of ninety-two, her paintings sold for millions of dollars and were displayed in the world's greatest museums. Through interviews…
Edward Said On Orientalism - "The Orient" Represented in Mass Media
Edward Said's book Orientalism has been profoundly influential in a diverse range of disciplines since its publication in 1978. In this engaging and lavishly illustrated interview he talks about the context within which the book was conceived, its main themes,…
Francis Bacon and the Brutality of Fact - The Famous Painter Disscusses His Style
In his London studio, British painter Francis Bacon discusses his work and approach with David Sylvester, a friend and close observer of his art since the late 1940s. Central to their conversation are Bacon's controversial, horrifying subjects, and surprising style.…