Celebrated independent filmmaker, performer, and writer Miranda July stages an impromptu performance at a gas station in Los Angeles, offering drivers a chance to participate in her magically mundane art. Christine Sun Kim deftly navigates the hearing-dominant art world in a series of talks, exhibitions, and openings, revealing the biting humor and political commitment that fuels her signature drawings. Renowned for his interventions at the 2016 Standing Rock protests, Three Affiliated Tribes of Fort Berthold artist Cannupa Hanska Luger engages indigenous and non-indigenous audiences with interactive projects that acknowledge both ugly colonial histories but also point to more optimistic futures. Linda Goode Bryant recalls the communal energy and anarchic spirit of her legendary New York City art space Just Above Midtown, recently celebrated by one of the most venerable art institutions in the country, the Museum of Modern Art.
“Friends & Strangers” Director Chiemi Karasawa is a director/producer whose feature length documentaries include Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me(theatrically released by IFC/Sundance Selects, 2014), The Betrayal: Nerakhoon (Academy Award Nominee, Emmy Award Winner, POV, 2009), Blue Note Records: Beyond the Notes (Tribeca, 2018), Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction (Venice Film Official Selection, 2012), Billy the Kid (Best Documentary South by Southwest, 2007). Chiemi formerly worked as a script supervisor in narrative film and television with such notable directors as Martin Scorsese, Jim Jarmusch, Larry Clark, and Spike Jonze.