Inspired by Lewis Hydeas beloved classic The Gift: Creativity and the Artist in the Modern World, GIFT is a richly cinematic film, interweaving characteradriven stories. On North America's Pacific Northwest Coast, a young indigenous man undertakes the elaborate preparations for a potlatch - to make a name for himself by giving everything away. In Rome, Italy, a factory occupied by migrant families is transformed into a living museum, protected by a barricade of art: a model of resistance, and an invaluable gift. In the pirate utopia of Burning Man, a mutant bumblebee art car distributes honey in a post-apocalyptic desert landscape. Meanwhile, in Auckland, New Zealand, artist Lee Mingwei prepares to launch Sonic Blossom - a 'transformative gift' of song. GIFT is a tribute to something that canat be measured or counted, bought or sold. Exploring the parallels between artistsa work and a gift economy, itas a reflection on the creative process, the reasons we 'labor in service of our gifts,' and a celebration of the imagination.
- Oct 11, 2019