This Is Not a Film
The Creation of Meaning
During the month of June Filmatique presents The Creation of Meaning, a documentary series portraying photographers, chefs, and filmmakers at work—focusing on the act of creation.
Richard Press' gentle and moving portrait of the celebrated street-fashion photographer Bill Cunningham New York doubles as a study on the changing city itself, and a life unadorned by material pursuits. Tracing the process of a man singularly committed to his craft, El Bulli: Cooking in Progress chronicles the last days of famed restaurant El Bulli, while The Five Obstructions documents the re-making of Jørgen Leth's classic short film The Perfect Human through a maddening maze of obstacles imposed by his former student Lars von Trier. Banned Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi's This Is Not a Film inscribes small acts of art and creation in the fabric of quotidian existence, as he remains enclosed within the confines of his Tehran apartment.
Spanning diverse cinematic approaches and a range of mediums themselves, Filmatique's Creation of Meaning series documents the multitudinous modes of collaboration, creativity and solitude that drive aesthetic pursuits, nuancing the act of creation.