Inspired by Lewis Hyde’s beloved classic The Gift: Creativity and the Artist in the Modern World, GIFT is a richly cinematic film, interweaving character-driven stories.
On North America’s Pacific Northwest Coast, a young Kwakwaka’wakw artist & carver undertakes the elaborate preparations for a potlatch.
In Rome, Italy, a factory occupied by migrants is transformed into a living museum, protected by a barricade of art. In the “pirate utopia” of Burning Man, a mutant bumblebee art car distributes honey in a post-apocalyptic desert landscape.
Meanwhile, in Auckland, New Zealand, artist Mingwei Lee prepares to launch Sonic Blossom.
Exploring the parallels between artists’ work and a gift economy, this movie is a reflection on the creative process, the reasons we labour in service of our gifts, and a celebration of the imagination.
The director, Robin McKenna, will be in attendance to follow the screening with a Q&A.
GIFT Vancouver Premiere 2019
Location: Rio Theatre - 1660 East Broadway, Vancouver
Time: 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Date: Tuesday May 14th, 2019