Films that explore the creative process and films that reflect it.
Filmmaking is an artistic experience and films about art are its natural extension.
In its second consecutive Art & Artists program the Milwaukee Film Festival will present films that explore the creative process and those that are an example of it.
Films being shown include documentaries on a comic icon by Bobcat Goldthwait and about New Yorker cartoons; documentarian Albert Maysles’ final film; the US premiere of a film about a controversial Latin American multi media artist and a single artist showcase of experimental films.
The films include:
–Almost There (2014/Dan Rybicky, Aaron Wickenden) Two filmmakers seek to stage the very first gallery show for 83-year old outsider artist Peter Anton.
–Call Me Lucky (2015/Bobcat Goldthwait) The idiosyncratic comic turned filmmaker turns his lens on his comic idol and friend the politically barbed and somewhat obscure Barry Crimmins a combination of “Noam Chomsky and Blutto.”
–Iris (2014/Albert Maysles) It took octagenarian and documentary pioneer Maysles, who died in March at the age of 88, to make a film about nonagerian fashion icon Iris Apfel, whose unique fashion sensibility was its own art form.
–Magicarena (2014/Niccolo Bruna, Andrea Prandstraller) The filmmakers capture preparations by an avant garde theater to stage Aida at the ancient Roman ampitheater Verona Arena on the bicentennial of Verdi’s birth.
–Mediated Realities: Videos by Jesse McLean (2008-2015/Jesse McLean) Works by the experimental filmmaker about human behavior as shaped by and seen through media. Includes her new film I’m In Pittsburgh and It’s Raining. MacLean is scheduled to appear.
–Nicolas Costantino: The Artefacta (2015/Natalie Cristiani) Portrait of the Argentinian provocateur Nicolas Constantino whose macabre works reflect her country’s violent history, as she prepares for the Venice Biennale.
–Station to Station (2015/Doug Aitken) This “wild panoply of artistic expression” is a collection of 62 one minute films about music and art featuring Patti Smith, Beck, Kenneth Anger and others.
– Very Semi-Serious (2015/Leah Wolchok) Documentary about the history of New Yorker cartoons, featuring editor Bob Mankoff.
The Milwaukee Film Festival, sponsored by the Journal Sentinel, runs from Sept. 24 to Oct. 8. The Art & Artists series is sponsored by Art City and the Milwaukee Art Museum. Single tickets go on sale Sept. 9 for members, Sept. 10 for the public.