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Directed by Richard Dewey and Timothy Marrinan
FEATURE DOCUMENTARY 90 Minutes World Premiere
For forty-five years Chris Burden maintained a quest to challenge perceived boundaries of modern art in an always awe-inspiring manner. He guaranteed his place in art history beginning in 1971, while still a student in Southern California, with a period of often dangerous, at times stomach churning performances. He had himself shot, locked up in a 2x2x3 locker for five days, electrocuted, crucified on the back of a VW bug. Burden reinvented himself as the creator of truly mesmerizing installations and sculptures, from a suspended gigantic flywheel that seemingly spins on its own (and scarily picks up speed) to an assemblage of antique street lights rewired for solar energy and are illuminated outside Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Timothy Marrinan and Richard Dewey look at Burden's works and private life with an innovative mix of still-potent videos of his 70s performances, personal videos and audio recordings, friends, fellows students and colleagues, critics' comments (including that of a young Roger Ebert) and latter day footage at his Topanga Canyon studio, all peppered with his thoughts and musings through the years. Burden meticulously explores a complex, ever-evolving individual who became one of the most admired artists of his generation.

—Brian Gordon
About the Director(s)
This is the first feature documentary for both Richard Dewey and Tim Marrinan. Dewey is also a freelance writer. His work has appeared in The Economist, Whitewall, and Modern Painters. Tim Marrinan is a documentary filmmaker based in the UK. His past work focussed on aspects of art and culture.

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Cast & Credits
  • Director:
    Timothy Marrinan, Richard Dewey
  • Producer:
    Timothy Marrinan, Richard Dewey, Josh Braun, Dan Braun, David Koh
  • Editor:
    Aaron Wickenden, Michael Aaglund
  • Executive Producer:
    Stanley Buchthal, Simone Haggiag
  • Composer:
    Andrew Bird, Roger Goula
  • Co-Producer:
    Anna Godas
  • Cast:
    Chris Burden

  • Press Contact
    Sara Sampson
    Cinetic Media
    New York, NY 10001
    Phone: 646 230 6474
  • Print Source
    Timothy Marrinan
    Screenprint Pictures
    London, SE15 2HH
    Phone: +44 789 787 7917
  • US Sales Contact
    David Koh
    New York, NY 10013
    Phone: 646 673 5163
  • International Sales Contact
    Ana Vicente
    London, EC1V 3QN
    Phone: +44 207 253 6244


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