Zachary Heinzerling’s Sundance award-winning portrait of the forty-year marriage between artists Ushio and Noriko Shinohara, “Cutie and the Boxer,” comes to theatres this weekend. Practice your art appreciation skills with Indiewire‘s latest selections for Hulu’s Documentaries page – a series of films exploring artists and art. Watch these and other artist docs now for free!
Vivian Ducat’s “All Me: The Life & Times of Winfred Rembert” introduces viewers to a talented African-American folk artist whose work reflects his origins in segregated smalltown Georgia. A born storyteller, the affable Rembert demonstrates his painstaking process of translating memories of the Jim Crow South into his popular leather artwork.
“Robert Williams Mr Bitchin'” pays tribute to the celebrated, and at times controversial, underground artist. Director Mary C Reese and co-directors Doug Blake, Nancye Ferguson, Michael LaFetra, and Stephen Nemeth explore Williams’ wildly creative melding of pop culture and fine art, which has essentially become its own counter-cultural genre.
Filmed over fourteen years, “Louise Bourgeois: The Spider, The Mistress and the Tangerine” celebrates the work of the modern art legend. Marion Cajori and Amei Wallach capture Bourgeois’ creative process in this illuminating overview of her life and six decade career.
The spotlight turns to art collectors as much as the work they love in “Herb & Dorothy.” Megumi Sasaki’s charming profile reveals how a pair of unassuming, middle-class civil servants managed to amass one of the world’s largest collections of conceptual and minimalist artwork.
Finally, the Oscar-nominated “Wasteland” looks at the life-affirming power of art in even the bleakest of conditions. Director Lucy Walker and co-directors Karen Harley and João Jardim reveal the results of a unique collaboration between contemporary artist Vik Muniz and the various individuals in Brazil who subsist by picking through the world’s largest landfill for recyclable materials.
EDITOR’S NOTE: “Indiewire @ Hulu Docs” is a regular column spotlighting the Iw-curated selections on Hulu’s Documentaries page, a unique collaboration between the two sites. Be sure to check out the great non-fiction projects available to watch free of charge. Disclosure: Some of the selections are titles provided to Hulu by SnagFilms, the parent company of Indiewire.
ABOUT THE WRITER: Basil Tsiokos is a Programming Associate, Documentary Features for Sundance, Senior Programmer for DOC NYC, and a consultant to documentary filmmakers and festivals. Follow him on Twitter (@1basil1) and visit his blog (what (not) to doc).