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Home on the Range

(2020)

Nick Polan gives a 90-year-old Soviet rifle new life on the range.

Serendipity of the Squids

(2020)

This film dives into the studio of artist and sailor Brian Buckley. Somewhere between his cyanotypes and cephalopods, is the portrait of an artist exploring love, relationships, and uncertainty.

One Singular Sensation

(2020)

Tom Sokolowski (1950-2020) was many things: curator, activist, provocateur, fabulous. As a museum director and co-founder of Visual AIDS, he changed the world. In honor of World AIDS Day and Day Without Art, this film explores Tom's life and legacy.

SPOTLIGHTS

Tale of Two Mothers

(2019)

An artist buys a discarded German photo album from 1938 and begins to notice uncanny parallels to her own life.

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39 Weeks: Giving Birth in a Global Pandemic

(2020)

Jamie Diamond gets ready to give birth at the height and epicenter of a global pandemic. Already a high-risk pregnancy, she finds herself without resources as she plunges into the unknown. 

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The Human

(2016)

This experimental obstruction film challenges the problematic conception of race in Jørgen Leth's The Perfect Human (1968).

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One Singular Sensation

(2020)

Tom Sokolowski (1950-2020) was many things: curator, activist, provocateur, fabulous. As a museum director and co-founder of Visual AIDS, he changed the world. In honor of World AIDS Day and Day Without Art, this film explores Tom's life and legacy.

THE ARTIST SERIES

ARTIST SERIES TRAILER (2020)

Over the past four years, dozens of artists and makers have shared their stories with me across some fifty documentary shorts. 

LAURA LOU LEVY IS LOOKING UP (2020)

DOCUMENTARY SHORT FOR MANUFACTURERS VILLAGE

After thirty-six years as the Wall Street Journal's senior "hedcut" illustrator, Laura Lou Levy is ready to focus on her own work.

FIRST SWEET TRUTH (2020)

EXPERIMENTAL SHORT FOR CLAMPART

Jessina Leonard's "First Sweet Truth" is a photographic dialogue with visionary texts written by three Christian female mystics from the late Middle Ages. It is at once an historical inquiry, a personal pilgrimage, and an investigation into the continued relevance of the writing of these women. Rather than attempting to create direct representations of these visions, Leonard relies on fragmentation, emptiness, dissemblance, and the sensual, often using the symbols and metaphors these women reference in their own writings

BEAUTIFUL BOY: THE ART OF LISSA RIVERA (2018)

DOCUMENTARY SHORT FOR THE BILLBOARD CREATIVE

After Lissa Rivera's friend BJ revealed to her that he spent his time in college wearing almost exclusively women's clothing, but was lost trying to navigate a world that was closed off to male displays of femininity, the two  became artistic collaborators and then romantic partners.

MAKING AN IMPRESSION (2019)

Jennifer Mack-Watkins may use a centuries-old art-making technique, namely Mokuhanga, or Japanese woodblock printing, but her work was made for the 21st century. Mack-Watkins's images address issues of representation and empowerment of people of color and women, to explore the interior and exterior beauties that surround them. In refuting stereotypes and and breaking the constructed superficiality that often surrounds beauty, Jennifer Mack-Watkins calls attention to those that the canon of art history has periodically ignored.

DONNA CONKLIN KING PUTS THE PIECES BACK TOGETHER (2020)

DOCUMENTARY SHORT FOR MANUFACTURERS VILLAGE

Kintsugi is a technique in Japanese pottery-making that asks us to glue fragments back together as a way to honor, repair, and render something whole and beautiful again. Donna Conklin King extends this practice to her sculpture at a moment when it feels more necessary than ever.

HANNA VON GOELER IS AN ALCHEMIST (2019)

An artist installs a site-specific installation intended as a tribute to the difficult lives, unseen labor and rich immigrant history of New York's Lower East Side.

LESLIE ADLER FOLLOWS HER GUT (2020)

DOCUMENTARY SHORT FOR MANUFACTURERS VILLAGE

One artist's intuition keeps her going and defines her art practice.

LEGACY IN LIGHT (2018)

DOCUMENTARY SHORT FOR MUSÉE MAGAZINE

Lesley Schiff revolutionized the photocopier from being an office tool to just another instrument in the artist's arsenal. "Working with the color laser printer keeps you in your culture," says Schiff. "It's like America. Plugged in. Electronic. Direct." 

THE ANALOGUE WINDOW (2019)

In Arno Gisinger's darkroom, time and space collapse through the artist's exploration of historical subjects.

LAURIE SIMMONS HAS A LIFE-SIZE DOLLHOUSE (2018)

DOCUMENTARY SHORT FOR THE BILLBOARD CREATIVE

On a trip to Japan in 2009, Laurie Simmons gravitated to a hyperrealistic sex doll, and in it, found a subject for a new body of work. Simmons was known for her work with smaller representations of the human form: miniatures, dolls, and ventriloquist figures, which addressed the representation of women and domestic spaces. The love doll was the artist's foray into the world of the lifesize, where the real world, rather than the constructed one, offered offered her ample room for photographic play and performance. The Love Doll series chronicles Laurie Simmons' evolving relationship with the figure itself and her learning how to photograph it. 

ALEX SCHOENBERG'S LITTLE MONSTERS (2020)

DOCUMENTARY SHORT FOR MANUFACTURERS VILLAGE

As COVID-19 continues to claim lives, Alex Schoenberg returns to drawing the human body, and this time, she sees little monsters everywhere.

LIZ MURPHY MAKES SPACE FOR PLAY (2020)

DOCUMENTARY SHORT FOR MANUFACTURERS VILLAGE

Liz Murphy is an interior designer, but in her studio, she carves out a personal space for play.

MONA BRODY PAINTS THE NATIONAL MOOD(2020)

DOCUMENTARY SHORT FOR MANUFACTURERS VILLAGE

Can color help us rage against a violent world? Can oil and pigment on canvas reflect a national mood, a country in crisis, a personal struggle? Mona Brody might say so. Meanwhile, her canvases get darker and darker.

SELF-CONFESSED! (2020)

IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE ZIMMERLI ART MUSEUM

Donna Gustafson, curator of American art at Rutgers' Zimmerli Art Museum, offers views an inside look into the museum's latest exhibition: Self-Confessed! Truly an exhibit for the twenty-first century, Self-Confessed! recognizes the work of a prominent LGBT woman artist while also placing the art of comics and cartoons into a space more often associated with "fine art". Alison Bechdel's graphic memoirs and comic strips explore the archiving of the self, conveniently documenting memories in little boxes accompanied by texts.

TK1971 (2019)

DOCUMENTARY SHORT FOR THE BILLBOARD CREATIVE

Born in Bangkok, Tiri Kananuruk’s experiences as a “broken English speaker” also inform her work, as her speaking often results in misunderstandings with both humans and machines. In TK1971, the artist layers spontaneous improvisation over the responses of mis-informed and mis-trained technologies, examining the inherited (and perhaps, flawed) humanity inherent in machine learning.

BOTS, CELLS & HUMANS WATCHING (2019)

DOCUMENTARY SHORT FOR THE BILLBOARD CREATIVE

Sebastian Morales creates a marriage of sorts, a marriage between single-cell or simple organisms and their digital equivalents: the internet bot. Part digital and part physical, the piece connects servers to a bioreactor growing living cells. This tension creates an environment influenced by both virtual and tangible forces, and can be seen in real-time at http://symbiosis.live.

CARTOON CAPITAL: JOE DATOR DRAWS CARTOONS FOR THE NEW YORKER

Joe Dator is a cartoonist for the New Yorker. As fewer publications offer weekly cartoons to their readership extend cartoons to their readership, Dator share the glories and struggles of the art of cartooning.

HARDER TO REFLECT (2017)

DOCUMENTARY SHORT FOR MANUFACTURERS VILLAGE

After a park guest files a complaint, artist Kate Dodd is forced to remove her installation from the South Mountain Reservation.

CAMERALESS, LENSLESS (2018)

DOCUMENTARY SHORT FOR MUSÉE MAGAZINE

Brooklyn-based artist Vanessa Albury dismantles the photographic process in her cyanotypes. Her images evoke aquatic landscapes--abstractions of all shades of blue, caused by the direct interplay of light and material objects leaving their traces on light-sensitive paper. In a world oversaturated by digital imagery, Albury returns to one of the medium's earliest practices; she inverts traditional methods of photographic image making to instead show the viewer the deconstructed process of photography itself. Photography is light, and Albury's images in the Cameraless, Lensless series find themselves at the very of this remarkable medium,

ON ABSTRACTION (2020)

DOCUMENTARY SHORT FOR MANUFACTURERS VILLAGE

Psychoanalyst and painter Gail Winbury makes the case for abstract art.

IN SEARCH FOR THE TECHNO-SUBLIME (2017)

DOCUMENTARY SHORT FOR MANUFACTURERS VILLAGE

Eric Valosin combines his interests in the spiritual & divine with his ability to extrapolate the beauty in the technological medium. He united the two through a synthesis of new media and old media, light, painting, and projection.

LAUREN SILBERMAN: PARTY SCIENTIST (2017)

DOCUMENTARY SHORT FOR MUSÉE MAGAZINE

Brooklyn-based photographer Lauren Silberman is a Party Scientist through and through. Her work explores the culture people create for themselves through celebration, ritual, and tradition in twenty-first century urban nightlife. Silberman offers glimpses into the brilliant world of wild, underground, New York counterculture : a subterranean party scene dying at the hands of real-estate development and professionally organized raves. In the Afterparty series, the artist shows the beautifully haunting chaos of the spaces in which the parties took place. These devastated counterculture landscapes show the work that went into the parties, which are often lavishly decorated microuniverses, while reminding viewers that the party's over.

TOM NUSSBAUM: AMERICAN ARTIST (2017)

DOCUMENTARY SHORT FOR MANUFACTURERS VILLAGE

This short film offers a retrospective of Tom Nussbaum's lifelong dedication to the sculptural arts. This Minnesota native describes the various phases of both his life and work in both gallery sculpture, private art, and cottage industries.

IF IT RAINED AN OCEAN (2018)

DOCUMENTARY SHORT FOR MUSÉE MAGAZINE

For Philadelphia-based photographer Danna Singer, the themes of family and class struggles dominate her powerful photographs of the contemporary American landscape. 

IN MEMORIAM: LEONID SOKOV (2018)

In January 2018, I set out to make a documentary about Soviet Nonconformist Art. The project was never completed. Since its inception, two of the four artists I interviewed have passed away--Leonid Lamm and Leonid Sokov. I went back to my files, and saw that I had a few non-interview clips from my brief moment with Sokov saved, and put together this very short video to honor his memory. It is rough. It is incomplete. But it is an expression of how I felt in conversation with such a gifted artist and remarkable individual.

Artist Elinor Carucci is used to making pictures at home. Under the New York City lockdown, she may not have a choice. This film explores how her art practice prepared her to face a global pandemic.

ELINOR CARUCCI: SURVIVAL MODE (2020)

PRODUCED FOR CLAMPART

PRODUCED FOR THE ZIMMERLI ART MUSEUM, RUTGERS UNIVERSITY