Catch North American, Canadian and Toronto premieres at the 2012 Reel Artists Film Festival
POSTED: FEBRUARY 16, 2012
SEE NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERES FEATURING SOME OF THE WORLD’S MOST INTERESTING PHOTOGRAPHERS
This year, we’re pleased to present the North American premieres of four stunning documentaries on contemporary photographers, including Candida Höfer, which reflects on the artist’s decades-long career producing large-scale photographs of interiors, social spaces and public institutions; Thomas Struth, examining the artist’s extraordinarily detailed large-format photographs exploring industry and globalization; Thomas Ruff, showing a range of the artist’s work, including his new ma.r.s. series, involving manipulated images of the planet Mars taken by a satellite camera; and Massimo Vitali, exploring the Italian artist’s sociologically rich photos documenting crowded European beaches, dunes, river banks and pools at the height of summer.
CATCH CANADIAN AND TORONTO PREMIERES
The weekend kicks off with the much-anticipated Canadian premiere screening of Marina Abramović The Artist Is Present, director Matthew Akers’ intimate portrait of the radical performance artist as she prepares for a career-defining retrospective at New York’s Museum of Modern Art. Also included in the RAFF roster of Canadian premieres is acclaimed artist and filmmaker Rebecca Horn’s self-directed documentary, Moon Mirror Journey, which poetically chronicles excerpts from internationally renowned artist’s films and site-specific installations.
Also: don’t miss the Toronto premieres of Mark Lewis: Nowhere Land, which takes a closer look at Lewis’ deceptively simple short films that combine basic cinematic techniques together with often-staged subject matter; Hiroshi Sugimoto: Visions in My Mind, examining the evocative minimal and conceptual photographic practice of the Japanese-born artist; and Oliviero Toscani: The Rage of Images, which tackles the work of the “anti-advertising” pioneer—best known worldwide for designing controversial ad campaigns for Italian fashion label Benetton in the 90s—that bluntly addressed issues such as HIV/AIDS, war, racism and religion.
ENJOY FESTIVAL PREMIERES AND OUR INAUGURAL SHORTS PROGRAM
RAFF’s first-ever curated short-film series takes place this year. Highlights include festival premieres of Shary Boyle: Heartburn Porcelain, which explores the deeply personal practice of the Toronto-based artist, whose fantastical porcelain figurines challenge ideas of gender and politics; Michel de Broin: Matters of Circulation, documenting de Broin’s public interventions and sculptural works that playfully subvert social expectations; and Christine Sun Kim, A Selby Film, Todd Selby’s atmospheric and intimate portrait of the deaf experimental sound artist. A second series of shorts transports audiences to London’s South Bank, with four Tate Modern–commissioned shorts journeying behind the scenes with profiles of artists Tacita Dean, Gabriel Orozco, Chris Ofili and Rachel Whiteread and their featured exhibitions.
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