Archive for the ‘Portrait’ Category

Elspeth Beard: Riding Into History

You’re 23, your heart’s been broken and there’s a long, hard slog of study stretching out in front of you. What do you do?

For Elspeth Beard, a round-the-world trip on the back of her 1974 BMW R60/6 flat-twin motorbike proved the ultimate remedy for a wounded heart and weary head.

Directed by Souleyman Messalti & Joe Brooks.

The Papermaker

The Papermaker“ is a short documentary about one of the last handcrafting papermakers in Europe and his great love for paper. Gangolf Ulbricht makes unique tree- free papers by hand. For international artists, conservators, photographers, printers and many more.

He learned his uniqe craft in Germany, Japan, France and England. In this short film we see him producing his fine paper in his basement studio in the Arthouse Bethanien in Berlin-Kreuzberg. He talks about his love and dedication for this craft – and it ́s future. Gangolf has worked for a number of known artists like: Jenny Holzer, Louise Bourgeois, Guenther Uecker, Jonathan Meese, Damien Hirst, Christiane Baumgartner, Matthias Weischer and many more.

The Story of Jon Burgerman

The Story of Jon Burgerman, artist and doodler from the UK, living and working in NYC.

Directed by Bas Berkhout.

In The Heart Of Aizu

While Japan continues to be one of the world’s leading nations in the tech industry, the former Samurai town of Aizu-Wakamatsu is home to a handful of artisans that remain committed to their craft. An ancient tradition passed down through generations of Urushi Shokunin, the art of Urushiware is kept alive through the skill and dedication of these craftsmen.

A labor of love held fast in an ever-increasingly commercialized society.

Directed by Taylor Hawkins • Produced by Steve Sakanashi • Music by Caleb Buse.

Creatures Of The Deep: Alan Williams Metal Artist

Alan Williams: Creatures of the Deep offers an insight into the mind and work of the immensely talented Brighton sculptor Alan Williams, who turns scrap metal into amazing animal figures.

Looking into his dark influences and childhood, this biopic explores Alan’s practice, presenting the work of a true artist who holds “great talent, imagination and humility” • Directed by Ben Cox.

The Last Move

Michael Thomasson has devoted his life to video games.

It’s been his passion and his obsession for more than three decades. He owns over 11,000 unique game titles for more than 100 different systems.

Why? “Because there’s something wrong in the back of my head,” he says.

His collection is so large, in fact, it’s currently recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records.

But there’s one thing Michael loves more than his games: his family. The Last Move chronicles Michael’s attempts to help his mother at an enormous personal cost to himself.

Miniature Post-Apocalyptic Dioramas: Nix + Gerber

An observation of art, partnership, and the creative process —
seen through the lens of post-apocalyptic dioramas.

Directed & Produced by The Drawing Room • Featuring Lori Nix + Kathleen Gerber.

Original Music: tonefarmer • Sound Design & Mix: Corey Folta • Colorist: Phil Choe / Nice Shoes.

Edouard Martinet | Insectophile

Take one workshop full of junk and a Frenchman with an eye for detail (not to mention an obsession with bugs) and you will find the most eclectic mix of metal insects this side of a sci-fi novel. This short documentary follows Edouard Martinet’s patient and extraordinary process as he creates sculptures that are utterly beautiful, distinctly creepy and somehow completely true to nature. All this despite his medium being piles of bent metal and old rusty bicycles.

Directed & Produced by Will Farrell • Cinematographer: Oliver Ford • Music: Tom Fitzsimons.

Meet Artist Matthieu Bourel

Berlin-based artist Matthieu Bourel is meticulous and detail-oriented. He carefully layers hand-cut slices to create highly evocative images and illustrations.

Meet the artist in his Prenzlauer Berg studio, the man behind the cover of THE AGE OF COLLAGE VOL. 2 by Gestalten Books.

Lenny’s Garage

Lenny Shiller is a lifelong Brooklyn resident and classic car collector. He has amassed a staggering 58 rare classic cars, while he also owns hundreds of vintage bikes, motorcycles, and memorabilia. Lenny spends his time restoring and maintaining his collection, with the intention one day to pass them on to the next generation. The walls of his 12,000 sq ft garage in Gowanus are stacked with car parts he has collected over the years, the space resembling part working garage, part museum.

Filmed & edited by Peter Crosby • Music by Salomon Lighthelm.

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