So all the Sundance action isn't just on the mean streets of PC. The Salt Lake Arts Center (just kitty, or katty corner from Temple Square) has partnered this year with the previously only been available to the industry insiders and press in the rarified air of the Park City mall.
New Frontiers is a Sundance Institute moniker that means "stuff that is so crazy we can't call it film." Every year, the Institute presents a series that is, yes, film, is, yes, video but transcends either mere medium and so we'll just call it art.
This year, if you haven't heard. the exhibit is being mirrored at the Salt Lake Art Center. And, yes, the James Franco thingy is there too. The really cool thing is that the exhibit will linger after all those men and women in black from L.A. finally depart and let us get back to the business of being happy to live in the promised land.
But before that happens, this week, actually, there are numerous opportunities to get in on the action without schlepping up to Park City, right here in the Salt Lake City. Including, a mob scene with James Franco. Yeah that one. So, dear readers, here's the line up:
On Tuesday, Jan. 25. There visual artist Lynn Hershman will be at the center to lead a discussion of her installation "Revolution and RAW/WAR" and sign copies of her, yes, accompanying comic book after. The discussion is at 4 p.m., signing at 4:45 p.m. Here's the spiel from the program notes:
Lynn Hershman Leeson employs transmedia storytelling to create a seminal history of the American Feminist Art Movement. Expanding the scope of her documentary !Women Art Revolution and RAW/WAR is a live, user-generated, community-curated video archive that documents the achievements of women artists. RAW/WAR reconceives history as an ongoing project of collaborative authorship where participants enter an interactive environment to upload new material and use Wii-powered virtual flashlights to illuminate invisible histories. RAW /WAR is created by Lynn Hershman Leeson in collaboration with Alexandra Chowaniec, Brian Chirls, and Gian Pablo Villamil.
On Wednesday, animator and performance artist Miwa Matreyek will present a performances at 7, 8 and 9 p.m. Again, the spiel:
Brimming with elevated visions of the ways the human body interacts with its surrounding environment, award-winning animator Miwa Matreyek integrates her own shadow into her whimsical, handcrafted, animated worlds. Her breathtakingly beautiful images mix with dreamy original music to create glistening realms of enchantment. Myth and Infrastructure expands the scope of the connections to the environment as a whole.
OK. I saw this. The James Franco. Three's Company. Thing. I know you like James Franco. He is a very handsome man and all but it's basically James and a stoner buddy reading the script of Three's Company, Mystery Science Theater style, while the show plays. Funny for like, enough time to digest what I just wrote. But hey, it's Jimmy Franco, infant terrible of the moment so c'mon down from 7 to 10 p.m. on Thursday and see the fireworks.
Also the new "theme song" he and his buddy cooked up for the exhibit, well, that's the R-rated part. Picture the theme song to Three's Company, Google it if you have to, then get really loaded and sing (in place of "Come and knock on my door") with the following: "Come and suck on my ...." Yeah. I remember when I had my first beer/wish I could get away with this stuff.
And if you want to skip it all to avoid the throngs... the good news is the exhibit, Three's Company weirdness included, will be up well after the festival's conclusion and include a whole new raft of cutting-edge visual art.
(Be sure to check out the exhibit that juxtaposes a documentary about Nigerian rebels fighting Dutch Shell for control over an oil field with a day in the life of traders at the Chicago Stock Exchange. It's really quite a feat. Careful. You might be forced to think.)