In a recent press screening at Film Forum for the current release of OVER YOUR CITIES THE GRASS WILL GROW, dir. Sophie Fiennes / August 2011 (“…a record of Anselm Kiefer, the 65-year-old world-renowned artist, as he creates a spectacular architectonic landscape….”) I found myself drifting and thinking about other films I have seen that document the process of making art. I saw just about about all of them at Film Forum, so I asked Adam Walker, the theater’s premieres program publicist for an unofficial list of of films that fell into that list, from the past few years. He included fashion and performance.
LOUISE BOURGEOIS: THE SPIDER, THE MISTRESS AND THE TANGERINE, dir. Amei Wallach / June 2008
CHUCK CLOSE, dir. Marion Cajori / December 2007
OUR CITY DREAMS, dir. Chiara Clementi (features Swoon, Marina Abramovic, Kiki Smith, Ghada Amer & Nancy Spero) / February 2009
RICHARD SERRA: THINKING ON YOUR FEET, dir. Maria Anna Tappeiner / September 2008
VALENTINO: THE LAST EMPEROR, dir. Matt Tyrnauer / March 2009
LA DANSE: THE PARIS OPERA BALLET, dir. Frederick Wiseman / November 2009
KIKI SMITH: SQUATTING THE PALACE, dir. Vivien Bittencourt & Vincent Katz (played with AGNES MARTIN: WITH MY BACK TO THE WORLD, dir. Mary Lance / January 2007
THEATER OF WAR, dir. John Walter (about the Public Theater’s production of Brecht’s Mother Courage with Meryl Streep) / December 2008
MANUFACTURED LANDSCAPES, dir. Jennifer Baichwal (about Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky) / June 2007
I particularly recommend the Kiki Smith film to jump start some creative juices.