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NEW DOC + TOUR: Site-Specific: A History of the Mattress Factory by David Bernabo

Yayoi Kusama with  Dots Obsession , 1996

Yayoi Kusama with Dots Obsession, 1996

SUMMARY

Site-Specific: A History of the Mattress Factory (97 minutes)

Through a mix of stories and anecdotes, archival installation footage, and interviews with artists and razor-sharp co-directors Barbara Luderowski and Michael Olijnyk, Site-Specific: A History of the Mattress Factory presents an in-depth look at one of the first site-specific museums in the United States. 

Founded in 1977 in Pittsburgh, PA, the Mattress Factory is a contemporary art museum and experimental lab featuring site-specific installations created by artists in residence from around the world. Starting as a quirky, anything goes food co-op and artist studio space, the museum created a program of artist residencies in 1982 to focus on site-specific installation art and they never looked back.

The film parallels the installation of the museum’s 40th anniversary exhibition with an in-depth, story-driven journey through the museum’s long history of exhibiting site-specific art. Through interviews with artists such as Ann Hamilton, Sarah Oppenheimer, Vanessa German, Dennis Maher, and others, the film provides an intimate, sometimes humorous, look at the indirect path a museum takes as it creates its identity.

By mining the museum’s extensive tape and video archive, the film unearths rare archival installation footage of James Turrell, Yayoi Kusama, Meg Webster, and David Ellis. Detailed discussions provide the history and context for John Cage’s changing installation, Allan Wexler’s Bed Sitting Rooms for an Artist in Residence, and Dennis Maher’s three-story installation “A Second Home”, among other works.

 

TOUR

05.03 | PREMIERE | MATTRESS FACTORY | 6PM | PITTSBURGH, PA | RESERVE FREE TICKETS

05.10 | MELWOOD SCREENING ROOM | 7PM, $8/10 | PITTSBURGH, PA | BUY TICKETS

05.11 | MINI MICROCINEMA | CINCINNATI, OH

05.12 | FLOOD PLAIN | 7PM | ST. LOUIS, MO | BUY TICKETS

05.14 | FISCH HAUS | TIME TBA | WICHITA, KS

05.15 | UNIVERSITY OF DENVER | 7PM | DENVER, CO

05.25 | SITE | TIME 6PM | SANTA FE, NM

05.28 | PLUG PROJECTS | TIME TBA | KANSAS CITY, MO

05.29 | 21c LEXINGTON | TIME TBA | LEXINGTON, KY

 

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James Turrell,  Gasworks ,   1993

James Turrell, Gasworks, 1993

Food Systems has a Kickstarter! by David Bernabo

This Kickstarter campaign is meant to raise funds to finish production (sound mastering, editing, image licensing) and to promote the film series, FOOD SYSTEMS.

FOOD SYSTEMS is a three part film project that documents the food ecosystem that exists in a city, which in this case is Pittsburgh. In the past few years, Pittsburgh has emerged as a foodie town, scoring notable magazine articles and James Beard award nods. There is a well-deserved praise of restaurants and chefs. It is exciting, but there are also other stories to be told. FOOD SYSTEMS shares in the celebration and excitement that is tied to an emerging generation of creative cooks and a vibrant ethnic food scene, but also takes time to look at farm operations, food supply and distribution, access to healthy food, education, and a variety of solutions to growing food issues. 

Working in these industries can be extremely difficult and it is often an uphill battle to better people's lives, one's living, or one's city. FOOD SYSTEM attempts to showcase the passion and craft that is given to these efforts.

The film is in three parts. For rewards, delivery will be upon completion of each part. This provides more immediate gratification for patrons (thanks!) who will need to wait a little longer for the final film to be completed. 

FOOD SYSTEMS Chapter 1: A Night Out (~105 minutes)
This section starts with a brief history of Pittsburgh fine dining from the late 1970s, delving into La Normande and Baum Vivant, the tide-changing Big Burrito, Legume, and others. A brief "this is your life" segment on Kevin Sousa and the staff at Salt of the Earth showcase the steps one may take to owning a restaurant while also marking some fundamental changes in the local scene. From there, Lydiah's Coffeehouse and Nak Won Garden are showcased. Then, detours into how history is created, what it takes to make it in the service industry, and sexism. The film closes with surveys of a few neighborhoods that have experienced changes over the years: East Liberty, Homewood, and Downtown.

Estimated reward delivery: September 2015

FOOD SYSTEMS Chapter 2: Dinner on the Farm (~22 minutes)
This short film shadows four dinners: The Avenue B edition of Churchview Farm's Dinner Series and The Farmer's Table dinners at Jarosinski Farms, Bar Marco's Menuless Mondays, and Lewis Family Farms. Best advised to eat before or while watching.

Estimated reward delivery: as soon as the campaign finishes

FOOD SYSTEMS Chapters 3 and 4 (~ 95 minutes)
The last film in the series follows the food chain: Farms to distribution to supply to access and education. The plot is still being developed through interviews, but the film will cover the history of Penn's Corner, various farms (chicken, beef, trout, vegetable), local food availability, butcher shops, food co-ops, food quality, and food deserts. Solutions like community and urban gardens, new food salvaging initiatives, legislative changes, and education will also be covered.

Estimated reward delivery: January 2016

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1502315953/food-systems-2-1-2-films-about-a-citys-food-ecosys