Media Release | World Premiere of IS THERE A PICTURE

Posted: Fri, 2019-01-04 11:37

"I had the feeling that photography could live on a wall in a space with people standing in front of it physically the way that painting has for centuries..." – Jeff Wall

The "Vancouver School" of photo-conceptualists emerged in the 1960s and 70s and went on to change the very idea of what photography could be. There was no mission, no mandate, but an explosion of creative energy which for some reason came into sharp focus in a small, rapidly evolving city on the west coast.

Directors Ric Beairsto and Harry Killas track the origins and inspirations of five artists in particular, Marian Penner Bancroft, Christos Dikeakos, Rodney Graham, Jeff Wall, and Ian Wallace. In many cases exploring how key works were created in situ, with insights from critics and curators and the artists themselves.

IS THERE A PICTURE is produced and directed by Ric Beairsto and Harry Killas, edited by Rafi Spivak, and with music composed by Dennis Burke. Watch the trailer on Vimeo.

World Premiere Friday, January 11 at 7:30 pm
Q & A with artists and filmmakers to follow the film.
Vancity Theatre, 1181 Seymour, Vancouver

Other screenings in the week following the premiere, at the Vancity Theatre:
Saturday, January 12 at 8:20pm
Sunday, January 13 at 5:00pm
Monday, January 14 at 3:00pm
Tuesday, January 15 at 8:10pm
Wednesday, January 16 at 8:25pm
Thursday, January 17 at 8:15pm

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