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Arthouse Films

Works: 51 works in 93 publications in 4 languages and 7,320 library holdings
Genres: Biography  Interviews  Exhibition catalogs  Documentary films  Biographical films  History  Personal narratives  Experimental films  Nonfiction films  Criticism, interpretation, etc 
Roles: Distributor, Producer
Classifications: TR647.M86, 709.2
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Most widely held works by Arthouse Films
Waste land by Lucy Walker( Visual )

4 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 1,272 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Brooklyn based artist Vik Muniz grew up poor in Brazil. This film follows him as he returns to Rio de Janeiro, specifically to Jardim Gramacho, or "Garbage Garden." The world's largest landfill, it receives 7,000 tons daily, an astonishing 70% of all Rio's garbage. "We are not pickers of garbage; we are pickers of recyclable materials," says Tião, a catadore, or trash picker who thinks of himself and his fellows as environmentalists. The pickers have a union, which has built a recycling center, medical clinic, day care and skills-training centers, and community lending library of discarded books for their members. Muniz photographs a number of the pickers, reworks the photographs with garbage, and auctions several in London. Believing in the transformative power of art, Muniz donates the proceeds to the pickers who posed, in recognition of their lives, in honor of the dignity of their work
Herb and Dorothy( Visual )

3 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 864 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tells the story of a postal clerk and a librarian who managed to build one of the most important contemporary art collections in history with very modest means
Jean-Michel Basquiat : the radiant child by Tamra Davis( Visual )

2 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 570 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In his short career, Jean-Michel Basquiat was a phenomenon. He became notorious for his graffiti art under the moniker Samo in the late 1970s on the Lower East Side scene, sold his first painting to Deborah Harry for $200, and became best friends with Andy Warhol. Appreciated by both the art cognoscenti and the public, Basquiat was launched into international stardom
Painters painting : a candid history of the New York art scene, 1940-1970 by Emile De Antonio( Visual )

4 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 370 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A vibrant collective portrait of the legendary figures who powered the tumultuous post-war New York art scene ... De Antonio shows artists (and their critics and patrons) gossiping, drinking, and talking about life and art, and in the process illuminates the genesis of Abstract Expressionism. Footage of the Metropolitan Museum of Art's landmark exhibition New York Painting and Sculpture 1940-1970 supplement the film."--Container
Who gets to call it art? the legend of Henry Geldzahler, 1935-1994( Visual )

1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 351 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Henry Geldzahler (1935-94), star curator and cultural impresario, lived a life worth examining. The first curator of the Department of 20th-Century Art at the Metropolitan Museum, first director of visual arts for the National Endowment of the Arts, and the first full-time commissioner of cultural affairs for New York City, his landmark 1969 show at the Metropolitan is still remembered with awe. "New York Painting and Sculpture: 1940-1970" filled 35 galleries with more than 400 groundbreaking works of contemporary art. This film is not a full biographical examination of this singular figure's life, but rather a portrait in profile, as many of 'his' artists talk about Geldzahler and what his friendship meant to them
To inform & delight : the work of Milton Glaser( Visual )

2 editions published between 2008 and 2010 in English and held by 348 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"For many, Milton Glaser is the personification of American graphic design. Best known for co-founding New York Magazine and creating the enduring I (heart) NY campaign, the full breadth of Glaser's remarkable artistic output is revealed in this documentary portrait, Milton Glaser: to inform & delight. From newspapers and magazine designs, to interior spaces, logos and brand identities, to his celebrated prints, drawings, posters and paintings, the documentary offers audiences a much richer appreciation for one of the great modern renaissance men. Artfully directed by first-time filmmaker Wendy Keys, the film glances into everyday moments of Glaser's personal life and captures his immense warmth and humanity, as well as the boundless depth of his intelligence and creativity."--Container
Cremaster 3 by Matthew Barney( Visual )

3 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 292 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In a death-defying race to the top of the Guggenheim Museum, Matthew Barney is a tartan-clad apprentice seeking Masonic redemption
William Kunstler disturbing the universe by Emily Kunstler( Visual )

3 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 287 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the 1960s and '70s, radical lawyer William Kunstler fought for civil rights with Martin Luther King Jr. and represented the 'Chicago 8' activists who protested the Vietnam War. When the inmates took over Attica prison, or when the American Indian Movement stood up to the federal government at Wounded Knee, they asked Kunstler to be their lawyer. Kunstler also represented some of the most reviled members of society, including rapists and assassins
Visual acoustics the modernism of Julius Shulman( Visual )

3 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 277 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Celebrates the life and career of Julius Shulman, the world's greatest architectural photographer, whose images brought modern architecture to the American mainstream. Shulman captured the work of nearly every major modern and progressive architect since the 1930s. His images epitomized the singular beauty of southern California's modernist movement and brought its iconic structures to the attention of the general public
Picasso and Braque go to the movies( Visual )

3 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 264 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This film advances an interesting thesis: if the static visual arts affected early cinema's vocabulary, did moving pictures inspire Cubism's two towering giants, Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque? Cinema and Cubism were born during the birth of modernity itself, and filmmaker Arne Glimcher argues that films, from the earliest days of Thomas Edison and the Lumière Brothers, were a crucial formative influence on Modern painting, particularly on Picasso and Braque. The movies' revolutionary portrayal of time, space, and motion was the engine behind the modernist revolution in fine art. Through interviews with art historians, practicing plastic and visual artists, poets, and filmmakers, it traces the effects of technological revolution--specifically the invention of aviation and the creation of cinema--and their interdependent influence on the art dubbed Modern
Henri Cartier-Bresson the impassioned eye( Visual )

1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 255 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A documentary on influential photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson filmed shortly before his death. Features interviews with Cartier-Bresson and a host of cultural luminaries, including Arthur Miller
Chuck Close( Visual )

4 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 208 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

With editing completed by filmmaker Ken Kobland after the death of director/producer Marion Cajori, this movie describes the life and work of an artist who has reinvented portraiture. Close photographs his subjects, blows up the image to gigantic proportions, divides it into a detailed grid and then uses a complex set of colors and patterning to reconstruct each face. The artist describes his methodology and many of his artistic influences. Friends and colleagues including Brice Marden, Robert Storr, Dorothea Rockburne, Philip Glass, Arne Glimcher, Kiki Smith, Elizabeth Murray, Alex Katz, Kirk Varnedoe and others offer their perspective on Close's talents
Black white + gray( Visual )

3 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 199 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Casting aside a certain and comfortable future, Sam Wagstaff became a curator with a taste for unique and controversial photography. In photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, who was 25 years his junior, he found not only a romantic partner, but an artistic collaborator. This compelling documentary explores the relationship between the two men during the 1970s and '80s and their influence over the New York art"--Turner Classic Movies website
Rem Koolhaas a kind of architect by Markus Heidingsfelder( Visual )

2 editions published in 2010 in German and held by 189 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Rarely has an architect caused as much sensation outside of the architecture community as Rem Koolhaas. His outstanding creations such as the Dutch Embassy in Berlin, the Seattle Library, the Casa da Musica concert hall in Porto, and the Guggenheim Heritage Museum in Las Vegas are working examples of the Dutchman's visionary theories about architecture and modern society... An engaging portrait of a visionary man which takes us to the heart of his ideas"-- Container
Henri Cartier-Bresson by Henri Cartier-Bresson( Visual )

1 edition published in 2010 in French and held by 170 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A world-class photojournalist, Cartier-Bresson sometimes used the moving image, in order to better make a point about which he felt passionately, whether for artistic or political reasons (or both). This collection of his documentaries is complemented by a collection of films which show what drove the artist to create his films and photos
Joan Mitchell portrait of an abstract painter by Marion Cajori( Visual )

1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 162 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Documentary about the art and life of Joan Mitchell, an abstract painter and an active participant of New York's dynamic Abstract Expressionist scene until she moved to Paris
The universe of Keith Haring by Christina Clausen( Visual )

6 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 160 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Christina Clausen's documentary offers an affectionate, deeply personal glimpse into Haring's life, from his early years growing up in a small, conservative Pennsylvania town to his heyday as a world-renowned artist, rubbing shoulders with the likes of Madonna and others
The cool school how LA learned to love modern art( Visual )

3 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 158 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A look at the famed Ferus Gallery, which turned the Los Angeles art scene into a place for brilliant artists to show their work, as well as serve as a place where New York artists such as Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein could launch their projects
Obscene a portrait of Barney Rosset and Grove Press( Visual )

4 editions published between 2008 and 2010 in English and held by 146 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Chronicles the life and work of Barney Rosset, the influential head of Grove Press and the Evergreen Review, who published such groundbreaking works of fiction as Lady Chatterley's Lover, Naked Lunch, and Tropic of Cancer, while fighting the U.S. government's obscenity laws along the way
The cats of Mirikitani( Visual )

3 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and Japanese and held by 142 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

""Make art not war" is Jimmy Mirikitani's motto. This 80-year-old Japanese American artist was born in Sacramento and raised in Hiroshima, but by 2001 he is living on the streets of New York with the twin towers of the World Trade Center still ominously anchoring the horizon behind him. What begins as a simple verite portrait of one homeless man will become a rare document of daily life in New York in the months leading up to 9/11. How deeply these two stories will be intertwined cannot yet be imagined. This is the story of losing "home" on many levels. How did Mirikitani end up on the streets? The answer is in his art. As tourists and shoppers hurry past, he sits alone on a windy corner in Soho drawing whimsical cats, bleak internment camps, and the angry red flames of the atomic bomb. When a neighboring filmmaker stops to ask about Mirikitani's art, a friendship begins that will change both their lives. In sunshine, rain, and snow, she returns again and again to document his drawings, trying to decipher the stories behind them. The tales spill out in a jumble -- childhood picnics in Hiroshima, ancient samurai ancestors, lost American citizenship, Jackson Pollock, Pearl Harbor, thousands of Americans imprisoned in WWII desert camps, a boy who loved cats... As winter warms to spring and summer, she begins to piece together the puzzle of Mirikitani's past. One thing is clear from his prolific sidewalk displays: he has survived terrible traumas and is determined to make his history visible through his art. September 11 thrusts Mirikitani once again into a world at war and challenges the filmmaker to move from witness to advocate. In the chaos following the collapse of the World Trade Center, she finds herself unable to passively photograph this elderly man coughing in the toxic smoke, and invites him into her small apartment. In this uncharted landscape, the two navigate the maze of social welfare, seek out family and friends, and research Jimmy's painful past -- finding eerie parallels to events unfolding around them in the present. Discovering that Jimmy is related to Janice Mirikitani, Poet Laureate of San Francisco, is the first in a series of small miracles along the road to recovery. Jimmy's story comes full circle when he travels back to the West Coast to reconnect with a community of former internees at a healing pilgrimage to the site of his internment camp Tule Lake, and to see the sister he was separated from half a century ago. Blending beauty and humor with tragedy and loss, THE CATS OF MIRIKITANI is an intimate exploration of the lingering wounds of war and the healing power of art. A heart-warming affirmation of humanity that will appeal to all lovers of peace, art, and cats." --Kanopy website
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William Kunstler disturbing the universe
Chuck Close