An Official Selection of the 2016 Sundance Film Festival
Free Preview Screening
Monday, October 10 • 7:30 PM
UCLA James Bridges Theater
Featuring an introduction by Christina Yu Yu, Ph.D.
USC Pacific Asia Museum Director
O scar-winning filmmaker Kevin MacDonald (One Day in September) chronicles the making of the rip-across-the-sky fireworks of the world-renowned contemporary artist Cai Guo-Qiang (蔡国强). Cai’s work spans East and West, human and cosmic, the playful and the profound. His signature gunpowder paintings pay homage to the Chinese roots of the explosive medium, while incorporating elements of chance and unpredictability. His massive explosion events actively engage audiences around the globe—from his seminal 1993 work that extended the Great Wall of China with six miles of gunpowder fuse; to the daytime colored fireworks that ripped through the deserts of Doha, to the astonishing opening and closing ceremonies of the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
“We were lucky to capture Cai at a pivotal moment in his life – as he is struggling with the conflicting requirements of art and politics.”
– Director Kevin Macdonald
This portrait of an artist’s process, culminating in a soaring challenge Cai has set for himself, fuses family and history with Cai’s spectacularly expressive art of gunpowder pyrotechnics.
Produced by Oscar-winner Fisher Stevens (THE COVE), Wendi Murdoch, and Hugo Shong
DCP, color, in English and Mandarin with English subtitles, 76 min.
James Bridges Theater, 1409 Melnitz Hall on the UCLA campus.
Parking: UCLA Parking Structure 3; enter from Hilgard Ave. just south of Sunset Blvd. $12/day or pay-by-space.
Special thanks to Netflix and Fredell Pogodin.