Film fest allows viewers a look at artistic process

It’s like being a fly on the wall.
The third annual Reel Artists Film festival presented by ACAD and the Canadian Art Foundation allows spectators to take a deeper look into the creative process of an artist.
The audience gains access, through film, to a rarely seen first-hand look behind the scenes into the artists’ studios and their process. Each film is presented by an ACAD student or faculty member, turning the education process into an entertaining experience.
“This offers the audience an insight that may not be present in the film,” says Ann Webb, Founder of the festival. Here are the top 3 must sees at the Reel Artists Film Festival.
Koop: Directed by Katherine Knight, Koop looks at Canadian painter Wanda Koop, whose accomplished career spans over 30 years.  Her work has been exhibited primarily on the walls of her hometown gallery, the Winnipeg Art Gallery, along with other galleries nation wide.  The film compels the audience to relate to her strange yet recognizable images.
Jean-Michel Basquiat: the Radiant Child: Directed by Tamra Davis, this film examines late graffiti artist Jean-Michel Basquiat.  Pulling inspiration from friends such as the iconic Andy Warhol, Basquiat quickly took New York’s art scene by storm during the 1980s.  Davis, who was friends with the late artist, honours Basquiat while offering a glimpse into the troubled artist’s life and career.
Picture Start: Directed by Harry Killas, Picture Start follows Vancouver artists Jeff Wall, Ian Wallace and Rodney Graham. These featured artists are a part of the controversial “Vancouver-School” a system of post-conceptual photography founded during the 1980s. Killas’ film reveals insight into the relationships between the artists, and the history behind this unorthodox method of photography.
The festival runs March 24-27 at the Stanford Perrott Lecture Hall, ACAD. Admission is free.

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