Directed by Dime Davis, the film follows LA artist and CalArts alum Mark Bradford (Art BFA 95, MFA 97) as he creates the painting 150 Portrait Tone (2017) — a large-scale work conceived after the 2016 fatal shooting of Philando Castile by a police officer in Saint Paul, Minnesota.
"What is an artist?" "Where do artists come from?" These are questions the film asks and explores through Bradford's "rant," through his work with paper and through the percussive sounds of Chief WaKIL.
The LACMA film, produced by Elle Lorraine and Erin Wright, made its debut earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival. Since then, it's also screened at the Milwaukee Film Festival, the Cleveland International Film Festival, Doc NYC and the Los Angeles Film Festival.
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