The VQFF and VIFF Vancity Theatre are thrilled to announce our new partnership presenting films outside the Festival calendar, starting with the critically-acclaimed documentary Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures, May 17, 6:30pm at the Vancity Theatre.

Directed by Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato, this film is the first definitive, feature length portrait of the controversial artist since his untimely death in 1989. A catalyst and an illuminator, but also a magnet for scandal, Robert Mapplethorpe had but one goal: to ‘make it’ as an artist and as an art celebrity.

Bailey and Barbato were given unrestricted access to Mapplethorpe’s archives for their documentary, in which this exceptional artist talks candidly about himself in recently discovered interviews. At the same time, the testimonials of friends, lovers, family members, celebrities, and models help paint an intimate, yet critical picture of this complex key figure of 20th century photography.

 

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