TELL THEM WE WERE HERE | BFS collaboration with Tinworks Art
FREE SCREENING WITH DIRECTORS GRIFF & KEELAN WILLIAMS
SUNDAY, AUG 01 | RIALTO THEATER | 4:30 – 6:00 PM
Tell Them We Were Here chronicles artists living and working in the San Francisco Bay Area (included Tinworks Art 2021 artist Tucker Nichols!) who follow a path that is less careerist and more community driven, much like the place itself.
Montana-raised painter and gallerist Griff Williams joins Tinworks Art at the Rialto Theater for this special film presentation as part of Tinworks Arts annual summer exhibition entitled “The Pursuit of Happiness”. This exciting and immersive summer-long event will open in two phases: July 9–August 14 at The Rialto and July 30–September 5 at Story Mill. From Grammy Award Winning contemporary choral music to experimental theater and documentary film, come be inspired by a dynamic and diverse group of artists from Bozeman and beyond!
To see the full schedule of Tinworks Art’s summer 2021 exhibits, installations, performances, workshops and receptions, plus register for free film tickets, visit www.tinworksart.org/2021-events
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Art is a reflection of the place from which it emerges. Tell Them We Were Here chronicles artists living and working in the San Francisco Bay Area who follow a path that is less careerist and more community driven, much like the place itself.
The featured artists extend the legacy of Bay Area activism and social consciousness through their influential yet unconventional careers. In an age of hypercapitalism, these artists represent an empowering alternative worldview, one that emphasizes creativity and community over capital.
The film follows the work of artists Sadie Barnette, Amy Franceschini (Futurefarmers), Jim Goldberg, Tucker Nichols, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Alicia McCarthy, Nigel Poor (Ear Hustle), and Michael Swaine.
Framed within the last 25 years of artmaking in the Bay Area, the film is not an all-encompassing historical document, but rather a glimpse into a select group of artists who’ve chosen a less worn path. It touches on the disappearance of cultural communities due to gentrification and economic instability and celebrates an intertwined art community that has flown just below the radar, but influenced generations.
The supporting cast includes Devendra Banhart, Dena Beard, René de Guzman, Tommy Guerrero, George McCalman, Cliff Hengst, Larry Rinder, Apsara DiQuinzio, Glen Helfand, Tabitha Soren, Ramekon O’Arwisters, Eleanor Coppola, Ala Ebtekar, Erin O’Toole, Matt Gonzalez, Ana Teresa Fernández, Hal Fischer, Kevin Killian, Phil Ross, and Jim Melchert.
Music by Marc Capelle, Vetiver, Virgil Shaw, Clare Rojas (Peggy Honeywell), Tommy Guerrero, Kelley Stoltz, Devendra Banhart, Fruit Bats, Monte Vallier, and Pat Mesiti-Miller.
Run time: 1 hour 28 minutes