Helvetica Gary Hustwit
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Helvetica is a feature-length independent film about typography, graphic design and global visual culture. It looks at the proliferation of one typeface (which will celebrate its 50th birthday in 2007) as part of a larger conversation about the way type affects our lives. The film is an exploration of urban spaces in major cities and the type that inhabits them, and a fluid discussion with renowned designers about their work, the creative process, and the choices and aesthetics behind their use of type.
Architect I.M. Pei leads viewers through some of his more famous creations such as the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Miho Museum, the National Gallery of Art, and the Bank of China. He also speaks candidly about his life, his early years in China, his schooling at both Harvard and MIT, and his approach to architecture and design.
This eye opening release captures a fascinating discussion with contemporary South African artists William Kentridge and Marlene Dumas, talking about their sources of inspiration, their practical approach to work and technique. The program also includes archival footage of the artists at work in their studios.
IN THE REALMS OF THE UNREAL, an innovative feature length documentary, directed by Academy Award winning filmmaker Jessica Yu and produced by Susan West, explores the parallel lives of legendary outsider artist Henry Darger. Reclusive janitor by day, visionary artist by night, Darger's 15,000 page novel details the exploits of the Vivian Girls, seven angelic sisters who lead a rebellion against godless, child-enslaving men.
What distinguishes Jason Moran from his peers is his scope and ambition. A riveting pianist, Moran is also a conceptualist, dedicated to expanding the jazz tradition by incorporating aspects of contemporary musical culture, be it hip-hop, new music, or any of the disparate points between. On Artist in Residence Moran makes daring use of spoken-word samples and arresting rhythms, among other devices, to set off his highly personal pianism.
This intimate journey into the poetical world of Joan Jonas started as the artist opens her exhibition: "Joan Jonas: Five Works" in 2003 at the Queens Museum, NY, traveling from her New Yorkloft to her Cape Breton house and studio.
In TRANSFORMER one of the greatest legends of contemporary art, avant-garde German artist Joseph Beuys, speaks in great depth for the first and last time, about his unique sculpture and actions. Filmed on location at his spectacular 1979 New York Guggenheim Museum exhibition, Beuys leads the viewer through a private tour of his personal life and its relationship to his controversial works, aesthetic and political theories and actions. We experience how his life changed when the Russians shot down his German fighter plane during World War II and hear his philosophy and candid opinions about mankind, ecology and the state of the world.
In TRANSFORMER one of the greatest legends of contemporary art, avant-garde German artist Joseph Beuys, speaks in great depth for the first and last time, about his unique sculpture and actions. Filmed on location at his spectacular 1979 New York Guggenheim Museum exhibition, Beuys leads the viewer through a private tour of his personal life and its relationship to his controversial works, aesthetic and political theories and actions.
On this program you'll see the sensual and provocative work of Louise Bourgeois. In a lengthy interview, the artist discusses her work and passion, her philosophy of art and her development as an artist.