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Between the Folds (2008)

Depicts a cast of fine artists and eccentric scientists (from MIT and NASA) who have devoted their lives to the unlikely medium of modern origami. Through their determination to reinterpret... See full summary »


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Credited cast:
Erik D. Demaine Erik D. Demaine ... Himself - Computational Origamist and Theorist (as Dr. Erik D. Demaine)
Martin L. Demaine Martin L. Demaine ... Himself - Computational Origamist and Theorist
Vincent Floderer Vincent Floderer ... Himself - French Paper Artist
Miri Golan Miri Golan ... Himself - Origami Artist and Teacher
Vanessa Gould ... Herself - Narrator
Tom Hull Tom Hull ... Himself - Origami Artist and Mathematician (as Dr. Tom Hull)
Paul Jackson Paul Jackson ... Himself - Origami Artist
Eric Joisel Eric Joisel ... Himself - Origami Artist
Michael LaFosse Michael LaFosse ... Himself - Origami Artist
Robert Lang Robert Lang ... Himself - Origami Artist, Scientist and Theorist (as Dr. Robert J. Lang)
Christopher K. Palmer Christopher K. Palmer ... Himself - Material Artist
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Richard L. Alexander Richard L. Alexander ... Himself - Papermaker
Brian Chan Brian Chan ... Himself - Origami Artist
Satoshi Kamiya Satoshi Kamiya ... Himself - Origami Artist
Sam Nathans Sam Nathans ... Himself - Origami Artist


Depicts a cast of fine artists and eccentric scientists (from MIT and NASA) who have devoted their lives to the unlikely medium of modern origami. Through their determination to reinterpret the world in paper, they arouse a fascinating mix of sensibilities towards art, form, expressiveness, creativity and meaning. Written by anonymous

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Release Date:

31 May 2008 (USA) See more »

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Exploring Origami See more »

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Alamo, California, USA See more »

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Green Fuse Films See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Origami is tasty..
19 October 2010 | by leroybowSee all my reviews

When I saw this PBS documentary about origami offered Instant Watch on Netflix, I thought what the hell, I'll watch it. I like Japanese food.

I thought origami was a noodle and I could've sworn I ate some origami sushi when I was in the military. I thought it gave me gas, but that's wrong, it's the art of folding paper, so that damn PBS got me wrapped up in another weird subject. I don't know how, but PBS gets me watching the oddest stuff. When I finally realized it was paper folding I wondered what sort of wackos would waste their time on such silliness? Well, actually, wackos like me I guess because all my printer paper is ruined now. It's all folded up; won't fit in the slot anymore. Damn PBS.

Origami is addicting and the sculptures these artists create are amazing. Elephants - drooping sad faces - finely detailed insects - it's all done with folds. No cutting or glue allowed in origami. Did you know that? Spindly insect legs done with just folds.

I'm just a beginner, a "grasshopper" as they say in the Orient, and I don't like to brag, but I've crafted a few origami artworks of my own. It seems I'm a natural, it just flows out of me. I have one piece I've named "Isosceles Triangle" produced during my early "geometric" period. I have another called "Pointy Airplane" that will actually fly. You just have to put a paper-clip on it's nose, so it's really a mixed medium piece. Steel on paper. The one I'm most proud of though, my magnum opus as some would say, is called "Crumpled-Up Ball: A Study in Abstract". That one is many, many folds. Innumerable folds that I created during an inspired alcohol fueled frenzy. I display this masterwork in a glass case in my foyer and it leaves visitors speechless. They just stare at it, transfixed. Clearly it moves them, but I tell them it's not for sale. I can see the disappointment in their eyes, but I won't pervert my art for the thousands of dollars they'd probably offer me. I'M AN ARTIST, NOT A PROSTITUTE!

So I recommend this episode of Independent Lens. The subject of paper folding is endlessly fascinating, just stock up on plenty of paper. You may not be as gifted as me, few are, but it might be a good hobby for you - keep you from wasting your time reading those countless inane movie reviews.

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