Opening in New York at the Quad Cinema on March 2, 2012
* Director Manfred Kirchheimer available for interviews & in attendance at select shows
The anger and outrage captured by graphic artists have defined revolutions through the centuries. Printmakers have depicted the human condition in all its glories and struggles so powerfully that perceptions, attitudes and politics have been dramatically influenced. And the value and impact of this art is even more important today.
In the new documentary, ART IS...THE PERMANENT REVOLUTION, three contemporary American artists and a master printer help explain the dynamic sequences of social reality and protest. Among the wide range of 60 artists on display are Rembrandt, Goya, Daumier, Kollwitz, Dix, Masereel, Grosz, Gropper, and Picasso. While their stirring graphics sweep by, the making of an etching, a woodcut and a lithograph unfolds before our eyes, as the contemporary artists join their illustrious predecessors in creating art of social engagement.
Born in 1931 in Germany, Manfred (Manny) Kirchheimer came to the US in 1936 when his family fled the Nazis. He studied film at Hans Richter's Institute of Film Techniques of the City College and spent 24 years in the NY film industry as an editor, director, and cameraman, editing over 300 films for the documentary departments of American television networks, with subjects ranging from cultural programming such as Leonard Bernstein in Venice, for CBS to biography for Time-Life Films as in Krushchev Remembers. Stations of the Elevated (1980) and We Were So Beloved (1986) are Kirchheimer's most celebrated films. Stations, featured at the New York Film Festival, is a lyrical documentary that follows elevated subway trains that are illicitly painted by slum youths. In We Were So Beloved, which premiered at the Berlin Film Festival, Kirchheimer probes the experiences and attitudes of Jewish refugees and survivors from Nazi Germany, who had created a community in northern Manhattan's Washington Heights. Other films Colossus on the River (1963), Haiku (1965), Leroy Douglas (1967), Claw (1968), Short Circuit (1973), Bridge High (1975), and Tall: The American Skyscraper and Louis Sullivan (2004).
ART IS...THE PERMANENT REVOLUTION
Run Time - 82 minutes
Language - English
Format - Digital
Year - 2012
Genre - Documentary
Director, Editor, Sound: MANFRED KIRCHHEIMER
Producer: MANFRED KIRCHHEIMER
Camera: ZACHARY ALSPAUGH, PETER RINALDI, TAIKI SUGIOKA
Participants: SIGMUND ABELES, ANN CHERNOW, PAUL MARCUS, JAMES REED
Narrator: DEBORAH SCHNEER
Press materials available at www.firstrunfeatures.com/permanentrevolution_press.html