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VIFF is thrilled to announce the lineup for its 2018 M/A/D stream. This year, viewers can encounter documentaries about defiant subcultures, boundary breaking aesthetes and one very famous, very rebellious musician. That would be M.I.A., whose brilliant music and controversial antics have earned her both fame and infamy. Matangi/Maya/M.I.A. is an intimate portrait of a fascinating, contradictory figure; engaging and challenging, it's a must-see for committed fans and curious music lovers alike.

The stream also features the Canadian premiere of The Man Who Stole Banksy, which dives deep into the world of street art and poses the provocative question: Who owns it? United Skates portrays the African-American subculture based around roller rinks—and its endangerment by gentrification. Carmine Street Guitars profiles a musical craftsman and his wonderful works; appearances by guitar masters such as Bill Frisell and Charlie Sexton round out this loving portrait with testimony and some great songs.

Of course, there's much more: a premier fashion designer, a legendary disco, a flamboyant flamenco and the late legends Ingmar Bergman and Maria Callas are just some of M/A/D's other subjects. Music, art and design: they're our contributions to the world's beauty. VIFF extends an invitation to experience them at their best.

M/A/D Stream Films | VIFF 2017

Maria by Callas
TOM VOLF, FRANCE, 2017, 113 MIN.
A spellbinding amalgam of previously unseen photographs and performances, personal Super 8 films, private recordings, letters and behind-the-scenes archival footage, Tom Volf’s intimate portrait of the world’s most popular opera singer confines itself solely to the words and thoughts of the divine Maria Callas. “An immense celebration… A great gift to music lovers all over the world… Offers the viewer almost two hours in the company of a talented, fascinating, passionate and tragic woman.”—Cineuropa

Matangi/Maya/M.I.A.
STEPHEN LOVERIDGE, USA/SRI LANKA/UK (NFF), 2018, 95 MIN.
A decade after “Paper Planes” launched M.I.A. into the charts’ upper stratosphere, Stephen Loveridge’s all-access documentary offers sharp insights into the pop culture firebrand whose creativity and charisma are rivalled by her combativeness and appetite for controversy. Decades of personal footage reveal a conflicted artist—torn between her Tamil resistance fighter heritage, her desire for superstardom and her capacity for acts of self-sabotage (which include her infamous Super Bowl performance).

United Skates
DYANA WINKLER, TINA BROWN, USA, 2018, 90 MIN.
America’s roller rinks have long been strongholds of regional African-American culture. But gentrification—rink owners (usually white) selling to developers—is killing the scene. Dyana Winkler and Tina Brown’s charming documentary provides access to a world of style, slang, dance and music while profiling some of the skaters and owners who refuse to quit. “This kaleidoscopically vibrant, essential-viewing survey plunges audiences into a dazzling underground scene.”—Variety

The Proposal
JILL MAGID, USA, 2018, 86 MIN.
After his death, Mexican architect Luis Barragán’s archive was purchased by a Swiss foundation that promptly forbade anyone from seeing it. Artist Jill Magid, needing access for a project, woos the foundation’s imperious Federica Zanco and then comes up with an ingenious and controversial proposal… Raising questions about artistic legacies and posthumous rights, Magid’s document of her battle is “an intriguing and approachable film… [It’s also] a multilayered and thought-provoking work of art.”—Screen

Yellow is Forbidden
PIETRA BRETTKELLY, NEW ZEALAND /FRANCE/CHINA, 2018, 94 MIN.
When Rihanna walked the 2015 Met Gala red carpet sporting a 25-kilo dress spun from gold and fox fur, a fashion star was born: Chinese designer Guo Pei. Director Pïetra Brettkelly had full cooperation from the energetic Guo, as well as behind-the-scenes access to the preparations for her make-or-break Paris runway show. The result is “an intimate, involving portrait… Brettkelly finds just the right sweet spot between pie-eyed flattery and sober appraisal of Guo and her methods.”—Hollywood Reporter

The Price of Everything
NATHANIAL KAHN, USA, 2018, 98 MIN.
Featuring interviews with such art-world luminaries as Jeff Koons, Gerhard Richter, Marilyn Minter and Larry Poons, Nathaniel Kahn’s first film since the brilliant My Architect (2003) delves deep into the machinations of the contemporary art market, a world seemingly gone insane in its pursuit of money and prestige. “Brilliant and captivating… Kahn’s enthralling documentary is about how the art world got taken over by money, but it’s no screed. It’s a look at the value of beauty…”—Variety

The Man Who Stole Banksy
MARCO PROSERPIO, ITALY, 2018, 93 MIN.
Canadian Premiere
What happens when a Palestinian taxi driver cuts out a four-ton chunk of a Banksy wall mural in Bethlehem and puts it on eBay? All hell breaks loose in the art world and beyond, that’s what. Director Marco Proserpio chronicles the political, cultural and ethical fallout of Walid Zawahrah’s actions with verve and intellectual rigour. “A must-see… this is a rich, stylish documentary that favours intellect over narrative. Yes, it’s a wild ride, [but] it entertains while it stimulates…”—Ioncinema

Carmine Street Guitars
RON MANN, CANADA, 2018, 80 MIN.
Nestled in Greenwich Village, Carmine Street Guitars is a showcase for Rick Kelly’s custom instruments—and heaven on earth for music fans. Repurposing wood from storied New York establishments, Kelly crafts stunning Telecasters that double as lightning rods for musical luminaries. Ron Mann’s documentary invites us into this singular establishment where the esteemed likes of Bill Frisell, Nels Cline, Elanor Friedberger, Jim Jarmusch and Charlie Sexton stop by to sample the wares and share some songs.

Blue Note Records: Beyond the Notes
SOPHIE HUBER, SWITZERLAND/USA, 2018, 85 MIN.
Canadian Premiere
One can’t overstate the influence of Blue Note Records, the jazz record label founded in New York in 1939 by German refugees Alfred Lion and Francis Wolff. Coltrane, Davis, Monk, Powell—the list of stars who recorded for the label is astounding. Sophie Huber’s musical celebration of Blue Note’s history includes interviews with Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Norah Jones and others, as well as a recording session with current star Robert Glasper and a consideration of the label’s stunning cover art.


Le Grand Bal
LAETITIA CARTON, FRANCE, 2018, 99 MIN.
North American Premiere
The village of Gennetines, in central France, is transformed every summer by thousands of people who’ve come to take part in Le Grand Bal—seven days of dancing to numerous bands playing all styles of music under colourful tents. With five cameras capturing the event in its myriad forms, Laetitia Carton has fashioned an impressionistic and joyous document that is full of terpsichorean wonder. “A compact and tingling package… An accomplished and fascinating piece of work…”—Hollywood Reporter

Impulso
EMILIO BELMONTE, FRANCE/SPAIN, 2017, 85 MIN.
Dancer and choreographer Rocío Molina is the face of modern flamenco, an artist so inspired that, after seeing one of her performances, Baryshnikov himself got down on his knees in front of her. Part biography of the riveting performer—who has suffered the wrath of flamenco’s more conservative advocates—and part chronicle of the preparations for a show at Paris’ Théâtre National de Chaillot, Emilio Belmonte’s infectious documentary perfectly captures Molina’s passion. And oh, what glorious dance!

Studio 54
MATT TYRNAUER, USA, 2017, 98 MIN.
Studio 54 was the pulsating epicentre of 1970s hedonism, a disco hothouse of celebrities, drugs and sex that earned the sobriquet “the greatest club of all time.” With co-founder Ian Schrager as his guide, director Matt Tyrnauer unearths fabulous archival footage; he also coaxes the 72-year-old Schrager into revealing the club’s history as it’s never been heard before. “Tyrnauer’s thrilling and definitive documentary captures the delirium—and the dark side—of the legendary New York disco.”—Variety


Garry Winogrand: All Things are Photographable
SASHA WATERS FREYER, USA, 2018, 90 MIN.
Canadian Premiere
The quintessential New York street photographer, who raised his métier to the level of art, Gary Winogrand gets the biographical treatment he deserves in Sasha Waters Freyer’s compelling and intelligent documentary. Winogrand shot over a million photos in his career (many on display here) and suffered critical disdain at times, but he was of his time and place, as noted in interviews with Mad Men’s Matthew Weiner, writer Geoff Dyer, artist Laurie Simmons and others. “Fascinating.”—Hollywood Reporter

Bathtubs Over Broadway
DAVA WHISENANT, USA, 2018, 87 MIN.
Where did stars Chita Rivera, Martin Short and Florence Henderson (all present here) get their starts? In “industrial” musicals—musicals commissioned by corporate America in the 60s and 70s to entertain employees and celebrate, say, bathroom fixtures or Fords… Dava Whisenant’s supremely entertaining film follows industrial musical obsessive Steve Young (a writer for David Letterman, who also puts in an appearance) as he uncovers a hidden world. “Get ready to laugh, sing, cheer, and be dazzled.”—POV

Minute Bodies: The Intimate Lives of F. Percy Smith
STUART A. STAPLES, UK, 2016, 58 MIN.
International Premiere
Stuart A. Staples’ latest foray into filmmaking sees the Tindersticks frontman reassembling F. Percy Smith’s pioneering science films into mesmeric collages that explore the miniscule, invisible worlds surrounding us. Still astonishing a century after they were committed to film, Smith’s micro-photographic images demonstrate a fascination with the natural world that proves utterly infectious—and accordingly, they’ve inspired a score by Tindersticks that sees the band tapping into its primal side.

THE EYES OF ORSON WELLES
MARK COUSINS, UK (NFF), 2018, 135 MIN.
Canadian Premiere
The estimably knowledgeable film-critic-turned-filmmaker Mark Cousins (A Story of Children and Film, VIFF 13) has made a quirky, loving and deeply felt portrait of the legendary Orson Welles that is sure to delight cinephiles and casual filmgoers alike. Connecting Welles’ lifelong love of painting and drawing to his filmmaking through an astute and revelatory use of clips and archival images, Cousins manages the most difficult of tasks: his film “looks deep into the soul of an artist.”—Guardian

Bergman - A Year in a Life
JANE MAGNUSSON, SWEDEN, 2018, 116 MIN.
North American Premiere
2018’s celebration of the centenary of Ingmar Bergman’s birth reaches its apex with Jane Magnusson’s essential documentary. It uses one epochal year (amazingly, 1957 marked the unveiling of both The Seventh Seal and Wild Strawberries) as a springboard to explore Bergman’s exacting on-set tendencies, thorny personal relationships and multifaceted persona. This is a vivid portrait of one of cinema’s masters. “A complex and conflicted work about a man who could be similarly described.”—Hollywood Reporter

Films+ Events

Cielo
Co-presented with Audio Technica
October 5 - 6 | THE ANNEX (823 SEYMOUR ST)
In Kid Koala’s latest live experience, the master Canadian DJ empowers his audience. This is participatory music on a high level, with an interactive turntable orchestra in which the listeners become the composers. The audience sits at stations equipped with a turntable, an effects box and a small crate of colour-coded vinyl records. Through subtly coloured lighting changes, they’re cued to play along. The crowd is an integral part of the show, accompanying Kid Koala; together they create an "ambient vinyl orchestra" and meld their personal choices into a body of sound. With 50 harmonized stations, the DJ and his co-musicians create wonders. This is a unique, uplifting show—a symphony of light and music.

Do604

Creator Talk - Paul Austerberry
OCTOBER 4 | Vancity THEATRE (1181 SEYMOUR St)
Academy Award-winning production designer Paul Austerberry will share his insights on the art of building story worlds. Austerberry won an Oscar, a Critics Choice Award and a BAFTA award for his work on Guillermo del Toro’s Best Picture-winner The Shape of Water. He has designed extensively for feature films; his credits include 12/24, Deadfall, The Three Musketeers, Twilight Saga: Eclipse, Deathrace, Pompeii and Men With Brooms, and he is currently working on Andy Muschietti’s It: Chapter 2.

Audain Art Museum

Information - VIFF 2017viff.org

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THU AUG 23
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THU SEP 13
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