Film writers Rachael Rakes and Leo Goldsmith have been named among the Arts Writers Grantees by the Creative Capital | Warhol Foundation for their upcoming book “Distant Present: The Radical Art and Ideas of Peter Watkins.”
The book will cover Watkins films (“Punishment Park,” “Edvard Munch” “The Journey”) and their contribution to media theory and critical practice. A provocateur and an innovator in using documentary techniques in narrative films, the British director has been making films in Sweden after his first few features were either banned (“The War Game”) or poorly received (“Privilege”) in Britain.
Rakes is a curator, critic and programmer who has written for Artforum and BOMB and who works as Programmer at Large adn co-programmer of the series Art of the Read at the Film Society of Lincoln Center. Goldsimith has written for Indiewire, The Los Angeles Review of Books, Reverse Shot and The Village Voice. Goldsmith and Rakes edit the film section for Brooklyn Rail together.
The Creative Capital | Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant Program supports writing about contemporary art and broadens audiences for arts writing. This year’s program has awarded a total of $600,000 to twenty writers.