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Visiting Artist Arpita Kumar (RESCHEDULED)

Grassroots Artist Project: VISITING ARTIST SERIES: Arpita Kumar

Hi Friends!

Our third and final GAP supported visiting artist, Arpita Kumar, will be here the last weekend in January to show her films, talk about her work, and teach a workshop on her practice! We couldn’t be more excited!

Arpita Kumar grew up in India and works as a filmmaker and professor in California. She has worked internationally on films in Cuba, the U.K., Peru, Bolivia, India, and the U.S. Her award – winning films have screened internationally at numerous film festivals and venues including the Mill Valley Film Festival, PBS online film festival, Atlanta International Film Festival, Sarasota Film Festival, Cleveland International Film Festival, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, amongst others. Arpita is one of the three winning writers to work on the New Normal anthology series with Project Greenlight Digital Studios, Color Creative TV, Issa Rae, and Adaptive Studios. She was also selected for Film Independent’s Project:Involve fellowship. As a part of the fellowship, Arpita wrote and directed a short narrative film, My Dear Americans. The film won the PBS People’s Choice Award. Arpita was also selected for the Reykjavik Transatlantic Talent Lab during the Reykjavik Film Festival and was nominated for the Gold Egg Award at the festival. She has a MFA in Film/Video from California Institute of the Arts, an MA in Comparative Literature from The University of Iowa and a BA in Film/Literature from Hampshire College. Arpita’s achievements and films have been covered by innumerable prestigious media outlets including NPR, Huffington Post, PBS, Black Public Media, Indiewire,BuzzFeed, USA today,India Today, the Indian Express, the Hindu, and DNA India. Arpita worked under Kirby Dick on the Oscar nominated and Sundance Audience Award winning documentary, The Invisible War, which exposed the epidemic of rape in the U.S. military.

“I am drawn to the complex relationships that construct the identity of Americans. The works attempt to delight through constructed narratives, but at the core, is the exposition of loneliness and isolation.” – Arpita Kumar

Women Between Worlds: The Films of Arpita Kumar

Saturday, March 4th, 7pm
North Asheville Public Library
1030 Merrimon Ave

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Join us in celebrating the powerful stories of women pushing boundaries and living between worlds in the stunning short films of visiting artist, Arpita Kumar.

Arpita will be here IN PERSON for an artist talk & q&a at the screening!

Women Between Worlds: The Films of Arpita Kumar

Sita unfolds piecemeal onto a day when an Indian maid- servant’s commercial surrogacy goes astray. The story culminates in tragic irony when the body of a young girl and of Sita becomes sites for opposing narratives on female reproduction. With everything at stake, Sita makes a choice that is both disruptive and dignified.

My Dear Americans is about a Sikh woman’s defiant spirit. A recent immigrant to the U.S, Tejpreet is reluctant to embrace her new American identity. In contrast, her husband celebrates everything that mildly reeks of America. On America’s most patriotic holiday, the fourth of July, they have a threatening racist encounter that crushes the Sikh man’s enthusiastic spirit. Witnessing her husband’s devastation, Tejpreet makes a choice against hate and turns the situation around, if only momentarily.

Secret Screening of a brand new film!!!

Tell us you’re coming on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1865644993704473/

Hamartia: Writing Character & Story for Short Films

Sunday, March 5th, 1-3pm
Mechanical Eye Microcinema
207 Coxe Ave

Join visiting filmmaker, Arpita Kumar, in a short form screenwriting workshop!

Unpacking hamartia, the tragic flaw, students will work directly with award-winning, internationally recognized independent filmmaker and screenwriter, Arpita Kumar, to develop their own screenplay. Students will leave the 2-hour workshop with an outline for a three act short film.

No prior screenwriting experience necessary!

Cost: $30
Open to teens & adults!

Register Here: https://goo.gl/forms/mLsMYIId8UI1GXeh1

http://arpitakumar.com/

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This project was supported by the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources.
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The Spaces Between Us

The Spaces Between Us
Thursday, February 16th / 7pm
Grail Moviehouse
45 S French Broad, Asheville

 

 

Hi friends!

Come over to Grail Moviehouse this week for a program of experimental films by southern filmmakers about space!

The Spaces Between Us

Film Still from "Beneath the Pressure of the Sky" by Evan Meaney
Film Still from “Beneath the Pressure of the Sky” by Evan Meaney

Including:
Relieving the American Dream – Charlotte Taylor & Robert Edmondson
Frontier Journals 01 – Georg Koszulinski
Ceibas: Beneath the Pressure of the Sky – Evan Meaney
Lowcountry – Simon Tarr
Burn Out the Day – Sasha Waters Freyer
Sunshine State – Chris Harris
Beneath a Glass Floor Lobby – Lisa Danker
Underbelly Up – Josh Yates

Film Still from "Sunshine State" by Chris Harris
Film Still from “Sunshine State” by Chris Harris

See you there?

Film Still from "Relieving the American Dream" by Charlotte Taylor & Robert Edmondson
Film Still from “Relieving the American Dream” by Charlotte Taylor & Robert Edmondson

Tickets $5, but no one turned away due to lack of funds!

Visiting Artist Arpita Kumar

DUE TO A MEDICAL EMERGENCY, ARPITA’S VISIT, SCREENING, AND WORKSHOP ARE POSTPONED. WE EXPECT TO RESCHEDULE FOR A WEEKEND IN MID FEBRUARY AND WILL HAVE DETAILS FOR YOU AS SOON AS THE NEW DATES ARE SET. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR UNDERSTANDING!

Grassroots Artist Project: VISITING ARTIST SERIES: Arpita Kumar

Hi Friends!

Our third and final GAP supported visiting artist, Arpita Kumar, will be here the last weekend in January to show her films, talk about her work, and teach a workshop on her practice! We couldn’t be more excited!

Arpita Kumar grew up in India and works as a filmmaker and professor in California. She has worked internationally on films in Cuba, the U.K., Peru, Bolivia, India, and the U.S. Her award – winning films have screened internationally at numerous film festivals and venues including the Mill Valley Film Festival, PBS online film festival, Atlanta International Film Festival, Sarasota Film Festival, Cleveland International Film Festival, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, amongst others. Arpita is one of the three winning writers to work on the New Normal anthology series with Project Greenlight Digital Studios, Color Creative TV, Issa Rae, and Adaptive Studios. She was also selected for Film Independent’s Project:Involve fellowship. As a part of the fellowship, Arpita wrote and directed a short narrative film, My Dear Americans. The film won the PBS People’s Choice Award. Arpita was also selected for the Reykjavik Transatlantic Talent Lab during the Reykjavik Film Festival and was nominated for the Gold Egg Award at the festival. She has a MFA in Film/Video from California Institute of the Arts, an MA in Comparative Literature from The University of Iowa and a BA in Film/Literature from Hampshire College. Arpita’s achievements and films have been covered by innumerable prestigious media outlets including NPR, Huffington Post, PBS, Black Public Media, Indiewire,BuzzFeed, USA today,India Today, the Indian Express, the Hindu, and DNA India. Arpita worked under Kirby Dick on the Oscar nominated and Sundance Audience Award winning documentary, The Invisible War, which exposed the epidemic of rape in the U.S. military.

“I am drawn to the complex relationships that construct the identity of Americans. The works attempt to delight through constructed narratives, but at the core, is the exposition of loneliness and isolation.” – Arpita Kumar

Women Between Worlds: The Films of Arpita Kumar

Saturday, January 28th / 7pm Postponed!
North Asheville Public Library
1030 Merrimon Ave

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Join us in celebrating the powerful stories of women pushing boundaries and living between worlds in the stunning short films of visiting artist, Arpita Kumar.

Arpita will be here IN PERSON for an artist talk & q&a at the screening!

Women Between Worlds: The Films of Arpita Kumar

Sita unfolds piecemeal onto a day when an Indian maid- servant’s commercial surrogacy goes astray. The story culminates in tragic irony when the body of a young girl and of Sita becomes sites for opposing narratives on female reproduction. With everything at stake, Sita makes a choice that is both disruptive and dignified.

My Dear Americans is about a Sikh woman’s defiant spirit. A recent immigrant to the U.S, Tejpreet is reluctant to embrace her new American identity. In contrast, her husband celebrates everything that mildly reeks of America. On America’s most patriotic holiday, the fourth of July, they have a threatening racist encounter that crushes the Sikh man’s enthusiastic spirit. Witnessing her husband’s devastation, Tejpreet makes a choice against hate and turns the situation around, if only momentarily.

Secret Screening of a brand new film!!!

Hamartia: Writing Character & Story for Short Films

Sunday, January 29th / 1-3pm Postponed!
Mechanical Eye Microcinema
207 Coxe Ave

Join visiting filmmaker, Arpita Kumar, in a short form screenwriting workshop!

Unpacking hamartia, the tragic flaw, students will work directly with award-winning, internationally recognized independent filmmaker and screenwriter, Arpita Kumar, to develop their own screenplay. Students will leave the 2-hour workshop with an outline for a three act short film.

No prior screenwriting experience necessary!

Cost: $30
Open to teens & adults!

Register Here: https://goo.gl/forms/mLsMYIId8UI1GXeh1

http://arpitakumar.com/

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This project was supported by the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources.
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Wreck and Salvage: POTUSes

Wreck & Salvage: POTUSes
Thursday, January 18th / 7pm
Grail Moviehouse
45 S French Broad, Asheville

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Hi friends!

Wrecking and Salvaging your pre-election blues with the remix masters, Wreck and Salvage, and their hilarious, poigniant, and prophetic found footage mashups. Including POTUSes, Summertime Syria Sadness, Ain’t Broke Biden, Ob(s)ama, Trumped, and more!!!

Prepare yourselves for Innauguration Day and join us for a night of experimental film!

See you there?

Tickets $5, but no one turned away due to lack of funds!

Grassroots Arts Program Subgrant

BIG NEWS FILM FRIENDS!

We’ve got such incredible news for you, movie lovers! Mechanical Eye was awarded the Grassroots Arts Program Subgrant by the Asheville Area Arts Council and North Carolina Arts Council to bring THREE visiting filmmakers to Asheville to show their work, talk about their practice, and share with you their skills! We are thrilled to announce that Wenhua Shi, Monte Patterson, and Arpita Kumar will be here in November/December to present programs of their work!

Water Walk

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10 Years of Video Work by Wenhua Shi
7pm, Friday, November 11, 2016
The Refinery Creator Space
207 Coxe Avenue, Asheville
$5 Suggested Donation

Projection Mapping Workshop

Want to learn projection mapping (for your installation) but don’t know where to start? We will teach you! The workshop will show participants the essential design fundamentals of video projecting and mapping. Projection mapping is a technique of projecting animation/video onto a three dimensional surface. Participants will learn the basics of video mapping software.

This workshop is intended for anyone who wants to learn how to develop projection mapping projects for future events, art installations, and performances.

11am-3pm, Saturday, November 12, 2016
Mechanical Eye Microcinema
207 Coxe Avenue, Asheville
Cost: $60 (sponsorships available – email us if cost is a barrier to your participation)
Registration: https://goo.gl/forms/Y2k3NYBBZrZKGlTK2

Wenhua Shi is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Art at UMass Boston. Originally trained as a doctor in China, Wenhua departed from the medical field and began working in radio and TV in his hometown of Wuhan. He received his Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Art in Film from the University of Colorado, Boulder. In 2009 he graduated with an MFA from Art Practice at the University of California at Berkeley.

His works have been screened or exhibited at Pacific Film Archive, Black Maria Film Festival, Smithsonian Freer Gallery of Art, and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, The National Museum of Film, Photography and Television (UK), Experiments in Cinema, Albuquerque, Denver Contemporary Museum of Art, Beijing Film Academy, Berlin International Directors Lounge, The Jack Kerouac School of Naropa University, and dozens of international film festivals, including Rotterdam, Hamburg, Bradford, and Mexico City. West Bund 2013: a Biennale of Architecture and Contemporary art, Shanghai, Shenzhen & Hong Kong Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism, International Arte Laguna Prize, Finalists Exhibition, The Arsenale of Venice in Italy.

Wenhua Shi is a 2015 Fellow in Interdisciplinary Work from the New York Foundation for the Arts.

http://shiwenhua.net/

The Films of Monté Patterson

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Masks and Metamorphosis
Experimental narrative shorts about transformations from one plane of being to another based on the lives we live.
7pm, Thursday, November 17, 2016
Grail Moviehouse
45 S French Broad
$5 Suggested Donation
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Artist Talk: The Puncutative Power of the Final Image
A filmmaker’s artist talk about social media and the ways in which a film’s final image encapsulates and punctuates stories.
6-7pm, Friday, November 18, 2016
Firestorm Cafe & Books
$5-10 sliding scale (includes beverage/snack)
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Workshop: Write Your Mask
A workshop about writing your life as a children’s book
1-3pm, Saturday, November 19, 2016
Mechanical Eye Microcinema
207 Coxe Ave
$30 tuition (contact us for sponsorship information)
Registration Form
Arpita Kumar

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7pm, Saturday December 3, 2016
Screening Location TBD
Workshop & Artist Talk
Locations & Times TBD
Saturday 12/3 – Sunday 12/4
This project was supported by the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources.
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We hope you can make it to all of these events!
Yay for film!!!

Speculation Nation

Speculation Nation
Thursday, October 20th / 7pm
Grail Moviehouse
45 S French Broad, Asheville

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Hi friends!

There are filmmakers out there who make powerfully personal films. And there are filmmakers out there who are incredibly generous people. And then there’s Bill Brown and Sabine Gruffat, who are both brilliant, articulate, talented makers, and two of the most incredible people I’ve ever encountered. It is with such honor and excitement that they will join us this Thursday for the presentation of their film, Speculation Nation.

The global financial crisis that began in 2007 battered Spain. Over a quarter of the population lost their jobs, and hundreds of thousands of people lost their homes. The constitutional guarantee for housing that has been a cornerstone of Spain following the death of Francisco Franco has been shaken by a combination of greedy real estate speculators, predatory banks, corrupt public officials, and a global financial catastrophe.

Bill Brown and Sabine Gruffat travel across Spain to document the consequences of the housing crisis. What they find are Spanish citizens, inspired by the politics of The 15M Movement and Occupy Wall Street, who are mobilizing, collectivizing, and fighting for their right for a decent place to live.

Along the way, the filmmakers visit young mothers and their families squatting in failed condo developments; intentional communities of mountain cave dwellers; protest campsites that have sprung up in front of bank branches; and empty apartment buildings transformed into experiments in Utopian living.

Speculation Nation examines the ideologies that separate housing from home, and real estate speculation from speculations about a better way to live.

Filmmakers Bill Brown and Sabine Gruffat will be here IN PERSON for a talk back and Q&A!

Tickets $5 suggested donation. Money goes to support the visiting artists and help make these events possible!

http://www.sabinegruffat.com/Speculation.html

Home Movie Day

Home Movie Day
Saturday, October 15th
12-2pm
Grail Moviehouse
45 S French Broad, Asheville, NC 28801
Free and Open to the Public!

“There’s no such thing as a bad home movie. These mini-underground opuses are revealing, scary, joyous, always flawed, filled with accidental art and shout outs from attics and closets all over the world to be seen again.”  – John Waters

Dust off your old home movies and bring them to the West Asheville Public Library for HOME MOVIE DAY!

“Home movies provide invaluable records of our families and our communities: they document vanished storefronts, questionable fashions, adorable pets, long-departed loved ones, and neighborhoods in transition. Many people still possess these old reels or tapes, passed down from generation to generation, but lack the projection equipment to view them properly and safely,” stated Skip Elsheimer, president of the Center for Home Movies.  “That’s where Home Movie Day comes in: the public brings the films, and volunteers inspect them, project them, and offer tips on storage, preservation, and video transfer—and free of charge, in most cities. And best of all, you get to watch them with an enthusiastic audience, equally hungry for local history.”

Home Movie Day is a celebration of amateur films and filmmaking held annually at dozens of local venues worldwide, providing the opportunity for individuals and families to discover how best to care for their films and get a rare chance to view examples of home movies. Traditionally held on the third Saturday in October (October 17th in 2015), dates for individual events will take place in October and November. Home Movie Day has grown each year from its initial slate of two dozen locations across the U.S., Mexico, Canada, and Japan in 2003.

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HOME MOVIE DAY FAQ

What film formats can I bring to Home Movie Day?

Volunteers will inspect and project 16mm, 8mm, and Super 8 film. We will also project DVDs, VHS, & VHS-C. If you have any other oddball formats (28mm, 9.5mm, etc.), HMD representatives can help you find a safe, cost-effective way to view these prints.

Do I need to bring a home movie?

Nope. You’re welcome to stop by and just watch other people’s home movies. This isn’t a film screening where you need to stay silent. The more the audience contributes, the more fun it is. Your commentary will be much appreciated!

I have a whole box of ’em! Can we watch ’em all?

Nobody likes a home movie hog. Bring as many films as you’d like, but we’ll be screening one reel (3-5mins) from each participant until everyone has had a chance to see their home movies. After that, second helpings are totally fine–especially in Kodachrome.

My home movies are very personal. Why would I want to watch them with a bunch of voyeurs?

Home movies often commemorate scenes of enormous personal importance: weddings, graduations, birthdays, family reunions. Though home movies often begin as family records with deeply private meaning, the passage of years makes them compelling to people far beyond your immediate family. They serve as authentic records of our neighborhoods, traditions, and communities. You’ll enjoy sharing them–really.

Will you take my home movies and never give them back? They’re incredibly precious to me!

Nope. We’ll just inspect and project your home movies and return them to you in comparable condition. If there are broken perforations or cracked frames, we’ll fix those and return the films in better condition! Keep in mind that decades-old films are fragile and there’s an inherent (though slight) risk of damage during any projection. If we do not feel that the film can be safely projected, we will not screen it.

This sounds amazing! How much will this expert consultation set me back?

Home Movie Day is free, but donations are always welcome to defray costs.

For more information about Home Movie Days around the world: [http://www.centerforhomemovies.org/hmd/]

The Artist Is Present

The Artist Is Present
Friday, October 7th / 5:30pm
Asheville Art Museum
2 S Pack Square, Asheville

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We’re so excited to team up again with the Asheville Art Museum to bring you The Artist is Present!

Seductive, fearless, and outrageous, Marina Abramović has been redefining what art is for nearly forty years. Using her own body as a vehicle, pushing herself beyond her physical and mental limits – and at times risking her life in the process – she creates performances that challenge, shock, and move us. Through her and with her, boundaries are crossed, consciousness expanded, and art as we know it is reborn. She is, quite simply, one of the most compelling artists of our time.

She is also a glamorous art-world icon, a lightning rod for controversy, and a myth of her own making. She is most certainly unlike anyone you have ever met before.

The feature-length documentary film, Marina Abramović The Artist is Present, takes us inside Marina’s world, following her as she prepares for what may be the most important moment of her life:a major retrospective of her work, taking place at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. To be given a retrospective at one of the world’s premiere museums is, for any living artist, the most exhilarating sort of milestone. For Marina, it is far more: it is the chance to finally silence the question she has been hearing over and over again for four decades: “But why is this art?”

Watch the trailer here:

See you there?

The Refinery GRAND OPENING

and Mechanical Eye Microcinema Birthday Bash!
Thursday, September 29th / 5-8pm
The Refinery
207 Coxe Ave, Asheville

 

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It’s our party and we’ll animate if we want to…

Thursday, September 29th is marks the 4th year of our FILMTASTICNESS! Apparently, our new home is also having a big celebration… you know, in honor of us (just kidding – it’s the official GRAND OPENING of The Refinery – they really wanted to share birthdays with us)!

Here’s what’s going down at this shin-dig:

• Animation & Film Bee at MECHANICAL EYE MICROCINEMA!!
• Lara Nguyen’s new mural, Bower Power, on the façade
• Live music presented by the BeaTeam
• Asheville Urban Landscape Painters painting in plein air both inside and outside the building
• Live poetry readings by veterans
• A performance by The Djembeso LEAF Schools & Streets group
• Open studios of The Refinery resident artists and organizations
• The AAAC’s current exhibit “Best of WNC Emerging Craft Artist Showcase,” a partnership with WNC’s American Craft Week and the Mountain Xpress

The event is free and open to the public. Light fare will be offered and alcoholic drinks will be available to purchase with 100% of the proceeds benefiting the Asheville Area Arts Council.

We hope you’re able to attend and welcome us and the arts in our new south slope home. Come make movies with us!

About The Refinery Creator Space:
The Refinery Creator Space is a place for artists and non-profits to collaborate, cooperate, and grow. Along with housing the AAAC’s operations, the 15,000 square foot facility is home to ten individual artist entrepreneurs and five community organizations; Asheville Darkroom, Asheville Makers, Local Cloth, Mechanical Eye Microcinema, Nick Moen’s The Bright Angle Ceramics Studio. Their presence in The Refinery will help us foster collaboration, innovation, and provide resources and tools for the greater Asheville community. The public is invited to get acquainted with this new resource and find out more about The Refinery, the host organizations and artists it houses, and to become a part of this collaborative community of creators.

Guest of Cindy Sherman

Guest of Cindy Sherman
Thursday, September 15th / 7pm
Grail Moviehouse
45 S French Broad, Asheville

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We’re teaming up with the Asheville Darkroom to bring you: Guest of Cindy Sherman !!!

In 1979, Cindy Sherman rocked the NYC art world at age 26 with her “Film Stills.” The haunting photographic series appears to chronicle actresses in the midst of dramatic and evocative film scenes, but is in fact the artist herself posing as the different subjects. Hailed for her play on media and identity, the shy and reclusive Sherman almost always uses herself as the model in her photographs and always in disguise.
Today, at age 62, she is internationally acknowledged as one of the world’s most gifted and significant visual talents — in May 1999, ARTnews named Sherman, alongside Matisse and Picasso, as one of “The 20th Century’s Most Influential Artists.”

(Currently, The Broad Museum in Los Angeles is holding a retrospective exhibition of her work.)

Although Sherman’s work is collected by every major art museum in the world, she has proven elusive as a media personality. She is not a self-promoter and leads a quiet private life. Sherman rarely does interviews and never explains the meaning of her work. Fans, desperate for a glimpse of this art world celebrity at her 2003 opening in England’s Serpentine Gallery, could not recognize who they were looking for.

Enter her complete opposite — Paul H-O, a former artist-turned-opinionated host/creator of the public-access series, GalleryBeat. In the nineties, Paul’s weekly show developed a cult following, chronicling often-inexplicable happenings in the contemporary art world. Produced on a shoestring budget with help from Art in America magazine editors Walter Robinson and Cathy Lebowitz, the program was a labor of love, driven by a strong affinity for art and its creators.  By the late nineties, Paul had become a recognizable fixture in the art scene, picking up fans and detractors: artist Julian Schnabel, entangled in an on-camera argument with Paul, called the program “idiotic.”

In 1999, Paul learned that Cindy Sherman counted herself among his fans. At once, he set out to capture the ultimate prize in art world journalism — to tape a series of interviews with the elusive artist. Cornering her at an art gallery opening, Paul asked for her participation. Surprising many (including Paul), Sherman agreed. As he started the series of interviews, fun banter turned into harmless flirting, and harmless flirting turned into something more – Paul and Cindy were falling in love. Soon after they started dating, Paul faced a series of personal crises, including illness and bankruptcy. Cindy stood by him, providing her love and support. In 2001, Paul moved into her SoHo loft, becoming further enmeshed in her world.

Guest of Cindy Sherman takes an eye-opening look at what happens when a skeptical outsider finds himself romantically involved with the ultimate insider.

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http://www.guestofcindysherman.com