The Tallahassee Film Festival and LeMoyne Center for the Visual Arts Collaborate for Event
~TFF partners with local arts center for Hot Glass & Jewelry Invitational~
TALLAHASSEE, FL – The Tallahassee Film Festival (TFF) is collaborating with the LeMoyne Center for Visual Arts to co-host a special event during the Hot Glass & Jewelry Invitational on Friday, Oct. 19 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Doors at the LeMoyne Center will open at 6 p.m. for the event. The $12 admission price (or $10 for LeMoyne members) will be collected at the door.
Only on the night of the 19th, guests will be offered two special treats not available during the regular run of the exhibit. At 7 p.m., as the stars come out on the back patio, there will be a sneak-peak showing of a new documentary, AI WEIWEI: Never Sorry, a documentary that chronicles artist and activist Ai Weiwei as he prepares for a series of exhibitions and gets into an increasing number of clashes with the Chinese government. With seating for the film limited to 100 viewers, those who want to be a part of the action should plan to arrive early. Also guests will have the opportunity to shop from the works of nationally known special guest artist and jewelry enamellist, Kristin Anderson, who is exclusively showing her artwork that evening. Kristin was trained in the fine art of enamels in Norway and continues to design and sell her work both locally and nationally. This is in addition to all the other “fabulous, funky and fashionable” artists’ works on display during the Hot Glass & Jewelry Invitational. It is a great opportunity to do early holiday shopping from special items you won’t find elsewhere.
“We couldn’t be more excited to partner with the generous team at the LeMoyne Center for the Visual Arts to raise awareness of both organizations while celebrating our mutual support of all the visual and cultural arts.” says Lou Armesto, TFF Board Chair. “We are certain this night will be of great interest to the Tallahassee community, not only because of our exclusive film screening but because of our nationally recognized guest, Kristin Anderson, that we are honored to present. TFF and the LeMoyne Center are combining art and film for this one-of-a-kind event that you won’t want to miss.”
All activities throughout the night will be accompanied by a cash bar and concessions stand. TFF thanks Tri-Eagle Sales and HandiStuff Vending for its support of this event. For more information, please visit: www.tallahasseefilmfestival.com or www.lemoyne.org.
Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry
A Film By Alison Klayman
USA / 2012 / 91 MIN. / COLOR
Named by ArtReview as the most powerful artist in the world, Ai Weiwei is China’s most celebrated contemporary artist, and its most outspoken domestic critic. In April 2011, when Ai disappeared into police custody for three months, he quickly became China’s most famous missing person, having first risen to international prominence in 2008 after helping design Beijing’s iconic Bird’s Nest Olympic Stadium and then publicly denouncing the Games as party propaganda. Since then, Ai Weiwei’s critiques of China’s repressive regime have ranged from playful photographs of his raised middle finger in front of Tiananmen Square to searing memorials of the more than 5,000 schoolchildren who died in shoddy government construction in the 2008 Sichuan earthquake. Against a backdrop of strict censorship, Ai has become a kind of Internet champion. His frequent witty use of his blog and twitter, he is able to organize, inform, and inspire his followers, becoming an underground hero to millions of Chinese citizens.
First-time director Alison Klayman gained unprecedented access to the charismatic artist, as well as his family and others close to him, while working as a journalist in Beijing. In the years she filmed, government authorities shut down Ai’s blog, beat him up, bulldozed his newly built studio, and held him in secret detention; while Time magazine named him a runner-up for 2011’s Person of the Year. This compelling documentary is the inside story of a passionate dissident for the digital age who inspires global audiences and blurs the boundaries of art and politics.
Film courtesy of IFC Films and Sundance Selects