Artists JR and Daniel Arsham Take On the Tribeca Film Festival

Daniel Arsham and JR. Photo: Via Complex/ArrestedMotion

The Tribeca Film Festival, which takes place in New York beginning on April 15, is slated to feature short films by visual artists JR (see JR Art Project Saved Hundreds of Lives and JR Tours Abandoned Ellis Island Hospital) and Daniel Arsham (see The Art World Winners and Losers of 2014 and Step Into Snarkitecture’s Winter Wonderland at Dream Hotel).

Both films will premiere as part of Gallery Opening, the festival’s narrative/documentary program, described as a “combination of artistic and cerebral docs and narratives [that] will captivate you with some very visual storytelling.”

Arsham’s film, “Future Relic 03,” is the third installment of a series of the same name, which takes place in a post-apocalyptic world populated by the artist’s sculptures.

The first installment premiered at Art Basel in Miami Beach in 2013 and features a score by Swizz Beatz, while the second infamously starred James Franco (see Wannabe Artist James Franco Teams Up With Daniel Arsham). The third chapter of the nine-part series will feature Juliette Lewis.

JR collaborated with the New York City Ballet to produce “Les Bosquets,” a film inspired by his first photo series, “Portrait of a Generation,” which documented the lives of young people in the French ghetto Montfermeil, where riots broke out in 2005.

The festival also works with visual artists for their Artists Awards, in which artists create trophies that go to winning filmmakers. Alex Katz, Chuck Close, and Julian Schnabel have participated in the past.

This year’s awards will be created by Arsham, Robert Bordo, Elizabeth Colomba, Stephen Hannock, Prune Nourry, Jean Pagliuso, Clifford Ross, and Piers Secunda.

The Tribeca Film Festival will run from April 15–26. 


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