12th International Documentary Film Festival, Wellington and Auckland
Documentary Edge International Film Festival (Doc Edge)
Wellington: Roxy Cinema
Auckland: Q Theatre
24th May–5th June
The full Doc Edge programme offers audiences 49 feature length films and 20 short films, representing the very finest of international and New Zealand-made documentaries.
With over 30 international filmmakers and guests, Doc Edge Festival 2017 is set to enthral and inspire audiences with true stories by acclaimed documentary makers.
Of particular interest to our Design Assembly readers are:
A stunning portrait of Max Gimblett, eccentric and creative genius and the philosophy behind his beautiful art: Max Gimblett: Original Mind documents the life and process of the eccentric creative genius, Max Gimblett. One of New Zealand’s most successful and internationally prominent living painters, he has been working in America since 1962. He took refuge in the precepts of Buddhism and is an avowed Rensai Zen Priest. He is known for creating quatrefoil-shaped paintings and Sumi Ink ‘enso’ works.
Gimblett has become famous for his ‘all mind-no mind’ approach to painting. “We’re going to turn off our mind, and proceed with gesture; work with our body faster than our mind can follow.”
He has developed a reputation for shouting and stomping whilst painting in an attempt to be completely spontaneous and as an expression of the immediacy of Zen Buddhism. Gimblett’s work is in the collections of many of the world’s leading museums, including the Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim Museum, the National Gallery of Art, and the Auckland Art Gallery Toi O Tamaki.
A look at the iconic shower murder scene in Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho that profoundly changed the course of world cinema: In 78 setups and 52 cuts, the deliriously choreographed two-minute shower sequence in Psycho ripped apart cinema’s definition of horror. With a shocking combination of exploitation and high art, Alfred Hitchcock upended his own acclaimed narrative structure by violently killing off his heroine a third of the way through his film. Psycho played out like a horrific prank, forcing audiences to recognise that even the most banal domestic spaces were now fair game for unspeakable mayhem. With black-and-white film-geek reverence, director Alexandre O. Philippe breaks down this notorious and essential scene shot for shot, enlisting the help of film buffs and filmmakers alike — including Guillermo del Toro, Bret Easton Ellis, Karyn Kusama, Eli Roth and Peter Bogdanovich.
A Journey Around the Moon
An insight into the wide-reaching impact of design that provides an inspiring framework for the modern architectural narrative: Voyage Autour de la Lune is an urban diary, a personal wandering which draws the lines of an emotional and psychological map of the city of Bordeaux along the so called Moon Harbour — an old name given to the Garonne River due to the large curve with which it embraces the city. The film is a week-long journey along both renovated river banks, an ambitious project by French landscape architect Michel Corajoud. In intimate cinematic language, Ila Bêka and Louise Lemoine tell us about the identity of a public space which has deeply changed in the collective mind of the city. The film drives us along the photogenic, tumultuous river with its flows and tides, and drifts into the personal turmoils of all the people met during the journey. A vivid example of a film in which a city is portrayed through a collection of personal stories.
The Tuhoe Colour
Tame Wairere Iti – the artist and the creative space he created in Taneatua at the centre of the Tuhoe heartland.
The love affair between a Berkeley sales and service company and the typewriters it endearingly looks after: A portrait of artists, writers, and collectors who remain steadfastly loyal to the typewriter as a tool and muse, featuring Tom Hanks, John Mayer, David McCullough, Sam Shepard, and others. It also movingly documents the struggles of California Typewriter, one of the last standing repair shops in America dedicated to keeping the aging machines clicking. This is a thought-provoking meditation on the changing dynamic between humans and machines, which encourages us to consider our own relationship with technology, old and new, as the digital age’s emphasis on speed and convenience redefines who’s serving whom.
This Air is a Material
An intimate look at NZ photographer/artist Ann Shelton and her work: Ann Shelton was one of NZ’s first female photojournalists. This Air is a Material deepens the understanding of an important artist & her work, illuminating not only her practice but also the small towns, urban myths and creative communities that shaped it.
For the full programme and the latest news regarding the 2017 season, visit www.docedge.nz