In celebration of the New York-based nonprofit funding organization Creative Capital, this spring the Museum of Modern Art will screen 37 of the films Creative Capital has funded and promoted over the past eleven years.
From April 30 to June 6, 2010, the program will include three premieres and two screenings with live musical performances in its lineup of seventeen shorts and twenty features. In its eleven years, Creative Capital has contributed $20 million in support to more than 400 artists working in various media. The exhibition is curated by MoMA’s Rajendra Roy and Joshua Siegel.
The opening night, “Here [The Story Sleeps]” features a one-night-only live performance of a collaboration between the filmmaker Braden King, the composer Michael Krassner, and the eclectic avant-garde collective Boxhead Ensemble. The performance will deconstruct King’s new film “Here,” starring Ben Foster and Lubna Azabal. The June 6 closing night entertainment will be provided by the self-proclaimed New Wave futurist noir “whiteonwhite:randomthriller [alphaversion].” The experimental film, whose narrative is chosen instantaneously by a computer code, was made by Eve Sussman and Rufus Corporation. The screening will be attended by Sussman, editor Kevin Messman, code writer Jeff Garneau, and actor/writer Jeff Wood.
Elsewhere in the exhibition’s program, Laura Poitras will present her Sundance favorite “The Oath,” an exploration of Al Qaeda, Guantanamo, and the U.S. as they interact in wartime. Natalia Almada brings her 2009 Sundance Documentary Director Award winner “El General,” a profile of Mexican President Pultarco Elias Calles. Yes Man Andy Bichlbaum will screen “The Yes Men Fix the World,” which follows the exploits of two rogue anti-globalization activists. Accompanying the short film “Paulina Hollers,” director Brent Green will narrate with music provided by an idiosyncratic crew of musicians: Donna K., Brendan Canty (of Fugazi), Catherine McRae (of The Quavers), and Drew Henkels (of Drew & the Medicinal Pen).
The festival’s premieres include: the East Coast premiere of Erin Cosgrove’s animated short “Happy Am I,” the NY premiere of Glenda Wharton’s Sundance animated short “The Zo,” and the NY premiere of Peter Sillen’s portrait of late Seattle poet/performance artist Steven (Jesse) Bernstein, “I Am Secretly an Important Man.” Other film artists in the exhibition include Craig Baldwin, Roddy Bogawa, Bill Brown, Jem Cohen, Sandi DuBowski, James Duesing, Kevin Jerome Everson, Joe Gibbons, Sam Green and Bill Siegel, Lewis Klahr, Tia Lessin and Carl Deal, Kalup Linzy, Sharon Lockhart, Bill Morrison, Christopher Munch, Suzan Pitt, Reynold Reynolds and Patrick Jolley, Alex Rivera, Jeff Scher, Phil Solomon, Ela Troyano, David Wilson, and Caveh Zahedi.