December 4, 2018, 7:00 P.M.
The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108, George Lucas Building, USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007
Outside the Box [Office] and Magnolia Pictures invite you and a guest to attend a special screening of
Written and Directed by SCA Alumna Heather Lenz
Produced by Heather Lenz, SCA Alumna Karen Johnson,
David Koh, and Dan Braun
Followed by a Q&A with Heather Lenz
Moderated by Dr. Michael Renov, Vice Dean of Academic Affairs
7:00 P.M. on Tuesday, December 4th, 2018
The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108
900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007
FREE ADMISSION. OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. RSVPs REQUIRED.
World Premiere: 2018 Sundance Film Festival
THE Q&A WILL BE FOLLOWED BY A SUSHI RECEPTION IN THE GEORGE LUCAS BUILDING LOBBY!!!
About Kusama: Infinity
Now the top-selling female artist in the world, Yayoi Kusama overcame impossible odds to bring her radical artistic vision to the world stage. For decades, her work pushed boundaries that often alienated her from both her peers and those in power in the art world. Kusama was an underdog with everything stacked against her: the trauma of growing up in Japan during World War II, life in a dysfunctional family that discouraged her creative ambitions, sexism and racism in the art establishment, mental illness in a culture where that was particularly shameful and even continuing to pursue and be devoted to her art full time on the cusp of her 90s. In spite of it all, Kusama has endured and has created a legacy of artwork that spans the disciplines of painting, sculpture, installation art, performance art, poetry and literary fiction. After working as an artist for over six decades, people around the globe are experiencing her installation Infinity Mirrored Rooms in record numbers, as Kusama continues to create new work every day.
Provided courtesy of Magnolia Pictures. Not rated. Running time: 76 minutes.
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About the Guests
HEATHER LENZ - Writer, Director, Producer, SCA Alumna
Writer, director and producer Heather Lenz is passionate about documentaries and biographical films and drawn to stories about people with creative minds who have not walked a familiar beaten path. Her first short documentary about a bicycle inventor, Back to Back, was nominated for a student Academy Award and screened at film festivals worldwide. Lenz has degrees in Art History and Fine Arts from Kent State University. She also earned an MFA in Cinematic Arts from the University of Southern California.
Lenz became interested in Kusama while studying art in the early ‘90s. When she first saw the Japanese artist’s work, it was love at first sight; after study, Lenz felt strongly that Kusama’s contributions to the American art world had been largely overlooked, notably during the period when Kusama created some of her most innovative work, from the late ‘50s to the early ‘70s while living in New York City, over fifteen years. Lenz began her film on Kusama and has worked for over a decade to bring the story to the screen; Lenz never imagined that during the making of the film Kusama would become the top-selling female artist in the world.
During the making of the documentary, Lenz married into a Japanese family. Her father-in-law (a 17th generation Buddhist Minister) and her mother-in-law (an expert in the dying art of the Japanese tea ceremony) are both from the Hiroshima area and, like Kusama’s parents, they have an arranged marriage. Her husband's grandfather was obliterated by the atomic bomb that fell on Hiroshima. It is important to Lenz that this film about the colorful artist Yayoi Kusama, contain information about the darker side of Kusama's history as a child during WWII, to help introduce that period to a younger generation and help prevent it from being forgotten. Lenz has written on the subject of Kusama’s anti-war art for Specialten DVD Magazine.
DR. MICHAEL RENOV, SCA Vice Dean of Academic Affairs - Moderator
Haskell Wexler Endowed Chair in Documentary
Michael Renov, professor of Critical Studies and Vice Dean for Academic Affairs, is the author of Hollywood's Wartime Woman: Representation and Ideology and The Subject of Documentary, editor of Theorizing Documentary, and co-editor of Resolutions: Contemporary Video Practices, Collecting Visible Evidence, The SAGE Handbook of Film Studies and Cinema’s Alchemist: The Films of Peter Forgacs.
In 1993, Renov co-founded Visible Evidence, a series of international and highly interdisciplinary documentary studies conferences that have, to date, been held on five continents. He is one of three general editors for the Visible Evidence book series at the University of Minnesota Press, which has published 27 volumes on various aspects of nonfiction media since 1997. In 2005, he co-programmed the 51st annual Robert Flaherty Seminar, a week-long gathering of documentary filmmakers, curators, and educators, creating 20 screening programs and filmmaker dialogues on the theme "Cinema and History."
In addition to curating documentary programs around the world, he has served as a jury member at documentary festivals including Sundance, Silverdocs, the Buenos Aires International Independent Film Festival, Brazil's It's All True, the International Environmental Festival of Film and Video, also in Brazil, and DocLisboa in Portugal. He has taught graduate seminars at the University of Stockholm, Tel Aviv University and Central European University in Budapest, Hungary and has led documentary workshops in Jordan for the Royal Film Commission and in Cyprus. Renov's teaching and research interests include documentary theory, autobiography in film and video, video art and activism, and representations of the Holocaust.
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The USC School of Cinematic Arts is located at 900 W. 34th St., Los Angeles, CA 90007. Parking passes may be purchased for $12.00 at the USC Royal Street Entrance, located at the intersection of W. Jefferson Blvd. & Royal Street. We recommend the USC Royal Street Structure, at the far end of 34th Street. Limited street parking is also available along Jefferson Blvd.
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