Picture Start – Teaser Trailer

The teaser trailer for Harry Killass “Picture Start” has been released. Looking forward to the screening next week at the DOXA Documentary Film Festival!

May 13, 2011, 6:30 PM

Vancity Theatre

1181 Seymour St, Vancouver, BC

Double bill with KOOP

In their studios, at galleries and while walking around the city, three Vancouver art stars (Jeff Wall, Ian Wallace and Rodney Graham) reflect back on the pioneering art they individually, and occasionally collectively, began producing in the 1970s. Their art — causing nothing short of a tremor within the art world — eventually came to be known as photo-conceptualism: a novel approach to photography involving stripping down the photographic image to pure information, pure idea. Exploring the movement, Picture Start offers an informative insider’s look at the personal motivations that drove these artists to create the art that they did. Along the way, we are treated to lesser-known and fascinating side tales: the brief visit of legendary artist Robert Smithson to Vancouver, and the earliest reception of Wall’s now canonized photograph, Destroyed Room (1978), which insured photo-conceptualism was here to stay and forever placed Vancouver on the art world map. —JM

Director’s Biography

Harry Killas is a Canadian director, writer and producer who has lived and worked in the United States, Canada and Europe. His dramatic films have been screened at several international festivals including Bilbao, Toronto, Palm Springs, Clermont-Ferrand, Oberhausen, Torino and Vancouver. Harry resides in Vancouver where he is an Associate Professor of Media Arts at Emily Carr University of Art + Design.

Broadcast Premiere of Picture Start will be on BRAVO! on May 16, 2011 at 8 PM ET, 5PM PT.

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