|Francesca Woodman, Untitled (1978)|
The Woodmans, which took top documentary award at the most recent Tribeca Film Festival, centers around the internal dynamics and family relationships of famed photographer Francesca Woodman, a talented and enigmatic photographer whose haunting photographs and experimental films of nudes taken over nine short years (before her tragic suicide in 1981 at 22 years of age) have continued to captivate artists and art theorists interested in the permeable border between the photographer’s eye and the internal state of their chosen subjects. As art critic Elizabeth Janus describes in a FlashArt article about Woodman, “like other women artists of her generation, (Woodman) must have been aware of newly emerging film theories, particularly Laura Mulvey’s ground-breaking essay Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema (published in Screen in 1975) and its discussion of psychoanalysis and the social formations of the self through cinematic representations of women. These developments, as well as William Eggleston’s breaking through the color barrier in art photography, lead to a boom during the early 1980s that made photography the medium par excellence for artists interested in challenging the established criteria imposed on photography as art by modernist and pictorialist traditions.” The film, much like Woodman’s photographs, suggests an intimate encounter with the family of artists Woodman grew up with—her father George is a painter and her mother Betty is a ceramicist, both of whom have exhibited and shown works at high profile galleries in the U.S., and her brother Charles is an artist and art professor—and the undercurrent of competition and coming to terms with a family of creative individuals working to express their own vision operates at the core of this documentary film.
|Vik Muniz, Socrates (1978)|
The Woodmans will be running at VIFF on Thursday, September 30th @ 9:00pm (Vanccity), Saturday, October 9th @ 12:20pm (Granville 7), and Sunday, October 10th @ 6:00pm (Granville 7)
Waste Land will be running at VIFF Friday, October 1st @ 6:20pm (Granville 7) and Saturday, October 2nd @ 11:40am (Granville 7)
Trailers for both The Woodmans and Waste Land