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Burden Trailer: Controversial Performance Artist, Exposed in a Doc

20 March 2017 12:00 PM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

Chris Burden inspired my first movie. My first scripted effort was a short 8mm film that you will never see -- I've never seen it! -- that was inspired by performance artist Chris Burden. I think I read a newspaper article about him and his work, most notably that time he was shot for his art. Frankly, my interest never went any further than that, lo those many years ago, but now a new documentary, Burden promises to expose him to the light. Directed by Timothy Marrinan and Richard Dewey, it's heading for release in select U.S. theaters on April 5, and will also be available on Video On Demand platforms, all courtesy of Magnolia Pictures. The trailer nicely sets up the artist and his...

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Official Trailer for 'Burden' Documentary About the Artist Chris Burden

17 March 2017 5:17 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

"I'm not about death, I didn't want to die, but I wanted to come close." Magnolia has debuted an official trailer for a documentary titled Burden, telling the story of artist Chris Burden, who made his place in art history in 1971 with dangerous performances. The film features Burden himself, as well as Jonathan Gold, Marina Abramovic, Frank Gehry, Alexis Smith, and Brian Sewell. The description says the doc examines "the artist’s works and private life with an innovative mix of still-potent videos of his 70s performances, personal videos and audio recordings, friends fellow students and colleagues, critics’ comments and latter day footage at his Topanga Canyon studio, all peppered with his thoughts and musings through the years." This definitely looks fascinating, and I'm intrigued to learn more about Burden and his motivations for this. Here's the trailer (+ poster) for Richard Dewey & Tomothy Marrinan's doc Burden, from YouTube: Chris Burdern »

- Alex Billington

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