Our City Dreams (2008)
Filmmaker Chiara Clemente profiles five diverse female artists, each of whom calls New York City home, in this intimate documentary. In the late '50s and '60s, Nancy Spero was on the front lines of the feminist movement. Today she creates art that challenges the polemics of warfare and sexual identity. Pioneering performance artist Marina Abramovic, meanwhile, responds to contemporary cultural issued by using her body as a canvas. Glass, plaster, ceramic, bronze, and paper provide Kiki Smith with the appropriate tools to address philosophical, social, and spiritual aspects of the human body, and Ghada Amer rails against "institutionalized feminism" by painting erotic canvases with traditional needle and thread. Lastly, emerging New York artist Swoon creates vibrant street art that amplifies the pulse of urban life. Over the course of the two years in which Our City Dreams was shot, each artist faces triumphs and challenges that give the viewer a tantalizing glimpse into the creative process. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi … More
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Critic Reviews for Our City Dreams
Our City Dreams is not just an art documentary; it is a piece of art itself ...
Their art, like the film itself, is powerful, daring and makes you think.
Chiara Clemente, a documentarian for Italian TV, gets in close enough to record her subjects' techniques but not close enough to reveal what makes the women tick.
Chiara Clemente's well-crafted, accessible film gives interesting looks at five acclaimed New York female artists of distinctively different ages, media and background.
The filmmaker accomplishes a strong connection with her subjects and trapezes New Yorkâ(TM)s persona nicely with its 16-millimeter cutaways and fun clips of the turning seasons.
Each of Clemente's subjects is talented enough to support a feature-length documentary of her own.
Those unfamiliar with art history or these five female artists will gain an appreciation for their artwork along with some basic knowledge of their career. However, art aficionados already familiar with them will feel mostly unenlightened and underwhelmed
Clemente shows she knows a thing or two about filmmaking. As somebody once said: like father, like daughter.
It's a thoughtful, sometimes revealing look at creative lives and the forces that shaped them.
Intimate opportunity to see successful women navigate the art world while infusing their work with feminist consciousness, but only glimpses of their lives and work process.
Our City Dreams is a lyrical documentary about the intersection of location and imagination.
Like rushed gallery-hopping, Chiara Clemente's doc on five multigenerational, multinational women artists, all living in New York, provides only a cursory view of what's on display.
Documentary portrait of five women artists is the wine-party view of art from socialite-filmmaker Chiara Clemente.
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