“We want to introduce to local documentary filmmakers the idea and practice of how to work with diverse social agents and increase the social influence of documentary cinema,” Lai points out.
On a less serious but equally important note, influential figures in the design and art spheres are under the limelight at the design film festival curated by the Urban Nomad team as part of the Taiwan Designers’ Week, a rapidly expanding platform for the country’s creative professionals. This year, the event comprises several themed exhibitions, workshops, forums and a design bazaar at the Flora Expo Park.
Among a compact selection of seven documentary films, Design is One: Lella & Massimo Vignelli reveals both the creative process and loving relationship shared by the husband-and-wife team, whose lifelong works include New York City’s subway diagram and signage and are regarded as the pinnacle of the modernist design in the US after World War II.
Also considered among the world’s most important modernist designers, the late Ray and Charles Eames come back to life in Eames: The Architect and the Painter, which looks at the married couple as two original geniuses not only famous for their mid-century furniture but for leaving a legacy that touches aspects of contemporary life.
Meanwhile, fans of Cindy Sherman’s art are given a behind-the-scenes glimpse into her personal life in the film Guest of Cindy Sherman. Co-directed and produced by Sherman’s ex-boyfriend Paul Hasegawa-Overacker, aka Paul H-O, the delightful documentary chronicles the five-year relationship between the artist and Paul H-O, offering an insightful look into Sherman and her works. In a lighthearted way, the film also portrays the humiliation of being the obscure significant other of an art goddess.
Other creative figures featured at the festival include architect Rem Koolhaas and Tomi Ungerer, an eccentric author of children’s books whose erotic art got him banned from New York’s publishing industry. For those interested in other activities offered by the Taiwan Designers’ Week, visit www.designersweek.tw.
What: 2013 Taipei Documentary Film Festival — Education? Education! (2013國際華人紀錄片影展—教育?教育!)
When: Today through Oct. 6
Where: Auditorium at Dunnan Eslite Bookstore (誠品敦南店B2), B2, 245, Dunhua S Rd Sec 1, Taipei City (台北市敦化南路一段245號B2) and Spot Huashan Cinema (光點華山電影館), 1, Bade Rd Sec 1, Taipei City (台北市八德路一段1號)
Tickets: NT$120 per screening, available through 7-Eleven ibon, FamilyMart (全家) FamiPort and Hi-Life (萊爾富) Life-ET kiosks and ERA ticketing or online at www.ticket.com.tw
On the Net: fest.cnex.org.tw
What: Urban Nomad X Design Cinema (城市游牧X設計影展)
When: Today through Oct. 6
Where: Dome at the Flora Expo Park (台北花博公園爭艷館), 1 Yumen St, Taipei City (台北市玉門街1號)