Art Docs at Metro Cinema


Art Docs is a bimonthly series of documentaries about modern and contemporary art. Featuring guest speakers, recent short films by FAVA members, exhibitions by local artists, short art history talks, and Q&As with filmmakers and artists. Presented and curated by Dr. Kristen Hutchinson.

The films are screened at Metro Cinema: 8712 109 Street, Edmonton, Alberta.

April 5, 2018 at 7 pm: THROUGH THE REPELLENT FENCE

Through the Repellent Fence follows art collective Postcommodity as they construct Repellent Fence, a two-mile long outdoor artwork that straddled the U.S.-Mexico border. Postcommodity consists of three Native American artists who “put land art in a tribal context.”

USA 2017, 74 min, Dir: Sam Wainwright Douglas


Screens with the short film “Peace River Rising” (2017), directed by Coty Savard.


ART DOCS: Where the Universe Sings: The Spiritual Journey of Lawren Harris: Nov. 30

Art Docs is a bimonthly series of documentaries about modern and contemporary art. Featuring guest speakers, recent short films by FAVA members, exhibitions by local artists, short art history talks, and Q&As with filmmakers and artists. Presented and curated by Dr. Kristen Hutchinson.

The films are screened at Metro Cinema: 8712 109 Street, Edmonton, Alberta.

Nov. 30, 2017 at 7 pm: Where the Universe Sings: The Spiritual Journey of Lawren Harris

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An intimate portrait of one of Canada’s most renowned artist, and the expansive landscapes that inspired him. Co-founder of the Group of Seven, Harris’ canvasses routinely sell at auction for several million dollars. Who was this curious man, raised in a family of wealth and privilege, whose notebook doodlings compelled a professor to suggest he try art studies in Europe? Why was Harris so determined to battle the critics and paint Canadian landscapes with bold brush strokes and brilliant colours? And what led him to the spiritual realm of stylized abstraction?

Canada, 2016. 59 min. Directors: Nancy Lang & Peter Raymont

Screens with the short film Lana Gets Her Talk (2016) by local filmmaker Beth Wishart Mackenzie and an exhibition by Edmonton visual artist & speculative fiction writer Candas Jane Dorsey in the lobby of Metro Cinema. There will be a Q&A with Beth, Lana & Candas after the screening.


Sept 7, 2017 at 7 pm: The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman’s Portrait Photography

Elsa Dorfman is a master practitioner of a rare photographic format: the large-size Polaroid 20″ x 24″ camera. For three decades in her studio in Cambridge, Massachusetts, she took thousands of portraits, including those of accomplished friends like poet Allen Ginsberg and singer Jonathan Richman. Now in her late seventies, she opens her archives and her memories for this documentary by her long-time friend, Errol Morris.

USA 2016. 72 min. Director: Errol Morris

Screens with the short film Classic Camera (2016) by local filmmaker Kyle Armstrong and an exhibition by Edmonton artist Kasie Campbell in the lobby of Metro Cinema. The exhibition will be up from Sept. 6 to Sept. 30.

July 20, 2017 at 7pm: Hockney


Hockney sees the charismatic artist take director Randall Wright on an exclusive tour of his archives and into his studio, where he still paints seven days a week. The film, which looks back at Hockney’s formative years in the British Pop Art scene and his experience of being a gay man as the HIV/AIDS crisis took hold, as well as his years working in California.

USA 2014, 112 min, Dir: Randall Wright

+ The short film The Little Deputy (2015). Director: Trevor Anderson.

Get Out of My Way: a fast & dirty collaboration by Kristen Hutchinson and Jennifer Rae Forsyth will be exhibited in the lobby during the month of July.

May 18, 2017 at 7pm: The Art Star & the Sudanese Twins


Vanessa Beecroft is obsessively determined to adopt Sudanese twin orphans. The Art Star and the Sudanese Twins follows Beecroft for sixteen months as she exposes the truth about her life with an often brutal honesty– her creative process, her struggle with depression, her volatile relationship with her husband, and her love for the twins. The documentary raises questions about exploitation, culture clash, and the imposition of the West on Africa.

USA 2008.109 min, Dir: Pietra Brettkelly

+ The short film The Things We Taught Our Daughters: Helen Knott. (2015) Director: Coty Savard.

There will be a Q&A after the screening.

March 2, 2017 at 7pm: : Call Her Applebroog


This deeply personal portrait of acclaimed New York–based artist Ida Applebroog was shot with mischievous reverence by her filmmaker daughter, Beth B. Born in the Bronx to Orthodox Jewish émigrés from Poland, Applebroog, now in her 80s, looks back at how she expressed herself through decades of drawings and paintings, as well as her private journals. With her daughter’s encouragement, she investigates the stranger that is her former self, a woman who found psychological and sexual liberation through art. As Beth B finds a deeper understanding of her mother as a human being, Applebroog shares a newfound appreciation for her own provocative work.

USA 2016. 70 min, Dir: Beth B.

+ The short film Enough (2016) Director: Taouba Khelifa

Includes an exhibition by Edmonton artist Jennie Vegt in the lobby of Metro Cinema.

January 5, 2017 at 7pm: Troublemakers: The Story of Land Art


Set in the desolate desert spaces of the American southwest, the film unearths the history of land art during the tumultuous late 1960s and early 1970s. Troublemakers is ultimately a story of renegades and firebrands all willing to risk their future careers on radical change and experimentation-a marked contrast to the hyper-speculative contemporary art world of today. Featuring rare interviews with a veritable who’s who of American Art of the twentieth century.

USA 2015. 72 min, Dir: James Crump

+ Two short films The Long, Lonely Road Home (2015) Director: Dylan Rhys Howard
& Isachsen, and The Madness of a Lonely Man (2016) Director: aAron Munson.

There was also be a one night exhibition by Edmonton artists Stephanie Jonsson & Daniel Evans in the lobby & a Q&A after the screening.

Nov. 26, 2016 at 7pm: Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child


Centered on a rare interview that director and friend Tamra Davis shot with Basquiat over twenty years ago, this definitive documentary chronicles the meteoric rise and fall of the young artist. With compassion and psychological insight, Tamra Davis details the mysteries that surround this charismatic young man, an artist of enormous talent whose fortunes mirrored the rollercoaster quality of the downtown scene he seemed to embody.

USA 2010, 88 min, Dir: Tamra Davis

In conjunction with the film, there was an one night only exhibition by local artist Jennifer Rae Forsyth in the lobby of Metro Cinema.

+ The short film 2.57K (2015 Edmonton). Director: Eva Colmers.

A Q&A with Eva Colmers and the audience followed the screenings.


Sept. 17, 2016 at 7:00 PM: Eva Hesse

A superstar in the art world, but little known outside, why does Eva Hesse continue to excite passions? Along with creating a significant and deeply influential body of work during her short life, her story overlaps some of 20th century’s most intriguing moments: Germany in the 1930’s, New York’s Jewish culture of immigration in the 1940’s and the art scene in Manhattan and Germany in the 1960’s. Hesse, one of the most important 20th century artists, is finally revealed in this character-driven film that is an emotionally gripping and inspiring journey of an artist of uncommon talent, and a woman of extraordinary courage.

Germany/USA/UK 2016, 105 min, Dir: Marcie Begleiter

+ Short film Trash Heaven (2015 Edmonton) – (13 min) – Directors: Lindsay McIntyre & David Morgan

There was a short Q&A with the audience and the Trash Heaven filmmakers Lindsay McIntyre & David Morgan after the screening.

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