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DocTalk: ‘BURDEN’ — Filmmakers Speak About Man Who Had Himself Shot for Art (Video)

Posted on May 13th, by admin in Art, Biography, Film, Photography and Video. No Comments

Co-directors Richard Dewey and Tim Marrinan discuss the making of “BURDEN,” a new documentary about a performance artist who shocked the world with his violent work in the early 1970s. Chris Burden ultimately left behind this provocative, innovative art when he moved out of Los Angeles to Topanga Canyon. There he began to create large, detailed installation pieces, which includes “Urban Light” (2008), one of his most iconic. 

DocTalk video produced, directed and edited by Barry Rubinow. He is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and editor who worked as Senior VP, Creative for The Documentary Channel.

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‘BURDEN’ — Fascinating Biographical Doc Shows Journey from ‘Evel Knievel’ Days to Beloved Installation Artist (Review, Trailer)

Posted on May 5th, by admin in Doc News & Reviews. No Comments

A promotional still for the new documentary “BURDEN,” which made its theatrical premiere May 5th in New York City, shows artist Chris Burden wearing Speedos with his hands tied behind his back. He’s lying on his chest, struggling across a parking lot covered in broken glass using his hips, legs and feet to squirm his way forward. The image is part of a piece of performance art Burden made in 1973 called “Through the Night Softly.”

Burden had the piece filmed and paid for it to be broadcast five times a week for a month on television after the 11 p.m. news in Los Angeles. This was not the only time in Burden’s career he used television to make his mark. But this piece could certainly be used as a metaphor for Burden’s determination to make a name for himself, … Read More »