Films About Art + Artists at #HIFF2018

A number of films in the 2018 festival reflect the lives of visual artists. Through films about filmmaking, architecture, photography, and painting, audiences will dive deep into the artistic process, learning what makes these creators tick



Shirkers 650Sponsored by ID Films 100Director: Sandi Tan | World Cinema Documentary
Spending her days seeking refuge in zines, bootlegs, and American independent cinema, teenager Sandi Tan found herself among the first generation of Singapore’s burgeoning counterculture movement when she began working on her DIY-labor of love film SHIRKERS in the early 90s. But Sandi and her co-conspirators’ dreams of beginning a new film movement were crushed when Georges, her mysterious American mentor, disappeared with the entirety of the footage without warning. Two decades later, Tan and her collaborators return to the footage they lost in order to grapple with the movement their optimism inspired—and the man who tore it away from them—in this singular look at one artist’s attempt to reckon with the past.

Friday: 5pm | Bay Street Theater
Monday: 6:45pm | East Hampton UA

They'll Love Me When I'm DeadSponsored by ID Films 100Directed by Morgan Neville | World Cinema Documentary
THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WIND was to be Orson Welles’s grand comeback, until years of financial, legal, and creative issues halted the completion of the CITIZEN KANE director’s final work. Now nearly 50 years later, Oscar®-winning documentary director Morgan Neville (20 FEET FROM STARDOM, WON’T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR) looks back at the winding and nearly unbelievable story of the making of the film, created guerrilla-style by a director living in exile, and the decades of failure that came to define the project’s legacy. Aided by Peter Bogdanovich, Frank Marshall, Beatrice Welles, and other living collaborators, THEY’LL LOVE ME WHEN I’M DEAD is a lively tribute to one of cinema’s true giants.

Friday: 7:45pm | Bay Street Theater



Proposal 650Sponsored by ID Films 100Directed by Jill Magid | World Cinema Documentary
Hidden away in a vault in Switzerland lies the professional archive of Mexico’s most renowned architect Luis Barragán, now fiercely protected by its sole owner, who has almost completely restricted access to the public over the last 20 years. Determined to relocate the archive back to Mexico City, American conceptual artist, writer, and filmmaker Jill Magid initiates a dialogue with the owner, and in the process, begins to construct her own piece ruminating on the dangers of cutting off accessibility to an artist’s work from the outside world. With this provocative and haunting film, Magid challenges the perception of who truly controls an artist’s legacy and how the world should engage with their work.

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Directed By Dime Davis | Short Films
Where do artists come from? An answer explored through paper, percussion, and one provocative artist.

Friday: 6:30pm | East Hampton UA
Sunday: 4:45pm | East Hampton UA



Henri Dauman 650Sponsored by ID Films 100Directed by Peter Kenneth Jones | World Cinema Documentary
As one of the preeminent photographers of the 20th century, self-taught Henri Dauman took the international photojournalism scene by storm with his cinematic images that redefined the methods of capturing historical icons. Leaving behind his past as an orphaned Holocaust survivor, Dauman created a new life for himself in New York City, where his timeless style quickly gained momentum amidst high society and celebrity culture. Exploring both the photographer’s traumatic past and the contrasting vibrancy of the city that would define his work, director Peter Kenneth Jones’s film is a testament to the resilience and perseverance of the man behind the camera.

Saturday: 5:30pm | East Hampton UA
Sunday: 3:30pm | Southampton UA



Never Look Award 650Directed by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck | World Cinema Narrative
Inspired by real events and spanning three eras of German history, NEVER LOOK AWAY tells the story of a young art student, Kurt (Tom Schilling) who falls in love with fellow student Ellie (Paula Beer). Ellie’s father, Professor Seeband (Sebastian Koch), a famous doctor, is dismayed at his daughter’s choice of boyfriend, and vows to destroy the relationship. What neither of them knows is that their lives are already connected through a terrible crime Seeband committed decades ago. Selected as Germany’s official entry for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar®.

Monday: 10am | Guild Hall