On May 24-26, 2019, the Fine Arts Film Festival celebrates its 6th annual event. FAFF 2019 begins at Beyond Baroque Theater in Venice on Friday and Saturday, and continues at ViCA/The Loft in San Pedro on Sunday, May 26, 2019. This year Julian Rosefeldt’s MANIFESTO, starring Cate Blanchett, is the Feature Presentation (see below for more info).
Films from around the world will be featured, with many fillmmakers making the trip to Los Angeles for the event. The film Song For Our People is the final film of the Festival in its West Coast Premiere, followed by the Audience Award – and there are plans in the works for the director (Mustapha Khan, Professor of Film at Brooklyn College) and musicians from the film (Kenny Vaughn/singer, Norman Burns/rapper) to appear for a Q&A afterwards.
The Festival is dedicated to presenting the finest new films about art in the western capital of the art world. These stories reveal how art is made, how artists survive, how they think and work, and what makes creativity our most important skill, and best hope for mankind. “We are very proud to be screening many great and never-before-seen films, and are proud to be working with fine filmmakers from around the world. Films about art and creativity are always a labor of love, and the film and art worlds have always intertwined. It’s easily forgotten how much blood, sweat, and tears go into the work we do. We expect this festival will amaze audiences with intelligent, cutting edge, eloquent, passionate and fun films. We have several exciting announcements planned for coming days as well!” says Juri Koll, Founder and Director of the Venice Institute of Contemporary Art (ViCA), which produces the Festival as part of its exhibition programs.
Julian Rosefeldt’s MANIFESTO, starring Cate Blanchett, is the Feature Presentation at FAFF 2019. Cate Blanchett plays thirteen unique characters in Manifesto, a groundbreaking film by Julian Rosefeldt, the feature presentation of the
Julian Rosefeldt’s MANIFESTO, starring Cate Blanchett; Installation View at Park Avenue Armory by James Ewing.
Many other films are celebrating their Premiere at this year’s FAFF, featuring profiles of renowned artists such as John Van Hamersveldt, Kokoschka and Botero, subjects such as diverse as art forgotten and discovered, art and madness, gentrification, politics, the Cold War, comedy, tragedy, famous and infamous art, a fascinating view of the life of an artwork, music, dance and performance world figures will be presented in this not-to-be-missed three-day festival.
Friday and Saturday events take place at Beyond Baroque in Venice. The Saturday program will culminate with red carpet arrivals (7:30pm), a screening of Manifesto, and Awards Presentations that night beginning at 9:30pm. The Sunday program will culminate with an Audience Award Presentation at 8:30pm(in San Pedro). Sponsors include Beyond Baroque, 4 Brothers Wine Co., Flake, LA Art Party, and many others. Tickets are $12.50 – $50, and can be purchased on the website.