Starting tomorrow until March 04, Filmfest12, part of Design Indaba, screens two design-related films per night at art-cinema Labia on Orange, Cape Town. ARTS THREAD picks out some highlights.
PressPausePlay by Stockholm-based creative agency House of Radon is a questioning documentary film containing interviews with some of the world’s most influential creators of the digital era. “The digital revolution of the last decade has unleashed creativity and talent of people in an unprecedented way, unleashing unlimited creative opportunities. But does democratised culture mean better art, film, music and literature or is true talent instead flooded and drowned in the vast digital ocean of mass culture? Is it cultural democracy or mediocrity?”
New York in Motion is look behind the scenes and screens of NYC’s motion design industry. Director/Producer Graham Elliott interviewed over 50 of the top players in the field. Studios like Psyop, Shilo, Brand New School, 1st AveMachine, TV stations MTV, BET, NBC and Comedy Central and many freelance designers and Artists. The film takes a snapshot of this thriving industry, with a side glance at the digital democracy that has empowered the individual and collective to make and distribute moving art like never before. All of this stitched together by a love letter to New York.
De Stoel van Rietveld, presented by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, explains the story behind the creation of Gerrit Rietveld’s Red Blue Chair in 1917. From humble beginnings as a Dutch cabinet-maker’s son, Rietveld went on to become a principal member of De Stijl artistic movement, ultimately becoming a globally celebrated architect and furniture designer.
A South African-Czech co-production, Punk in Africa tells the story of the punk movement’s emergence as an anti-establishment subculture that fought against apartheid’s racial segregation and sought to unite people through music. In an intriguing weave of interviews, performances, rare historical footage and press snippets, Maas and Jones track punk in Africa, highlighting the parallels between punk rebellion and the liberation struggle in South Africa, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and further afield.
Marian Bantjes Graphic Artist is a documentary that takes an intimate look at the work of an extraordinary designer “motivated by uncovering what is possible with art and design”. This Creative Inspirations was shot on location in Toronto, Vancouver, New York, Los Angeles, and Marian’s home and workspace near Vancouver. We also visit her distinctive one-woman show at the Ontario College of Art & Design.
Design Indaba Filmfest12 runs from tomorrow until March 04 2012.