Artists on Artists: 12 Short Films Presented by This Long Century

Artists on Artists: 12 Short Films Presented by This Long Century

12 Episodes

As an ever-expanding online archive, This Long Century has published hundreds of unmediated personal reflections from artists, filmmakers, and writers over the past fifteen years. This eclectic selection of films by a small group of past This Long Century contributors—including Kelly Reichardt, Albert Serra, Deborah Stratman, and Tuan Andrew Nguyen—foregrounds the long tradition of artists depicting other artists in their work. Through portraits, tributes, and personal responses, these short works by some of today’s most fascinating filmmakers—some of which have never before been shown outside of a gallery or museum setting—create richly inspired feedback loops, offering unique insight into both their creators and subjects.

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Artists on Artists: 12 Short Films Presented by This Long Century
  • Anne Truitt, Working

    Episode 1

    Directed by Jem Cohen • 2009 • United States
    Starring Anne Truitt

    Jem Cohen’s portrait of sculptor Anne Truitt features an interview with the artist and footage shot in and around her studios at the Yaddo artist colony and in Washington D. C. Rather than an attempt to depict the art itself, whic...

  • Cuba Libre

    Episode 2

    Directed by Albert Serra • 2013 • Spain
    Starring Xavier Gratacós, Albert Serra, Lluís Carbó

    Albert Serra pays homage to his cinematic idol Rainer Werner Fassbinder (and his film BEWARE OF A HOLY WHORE in particular) in this musical short, which unfolds in an atmospheric nightclub where a singer ...

  • Prisoner’s Cinema

    Episode 3

    Directed by Beatriz Santiago Muñoz • 2013 • Puerto Rico

    After prolonged incarceration and sensory deprivation, some prisoners experience visual hallucinations filled with extraordinary luminescence and color—visions sometimes referred to as “prisoner’s cinema.” Drawing on the writings of Puerto ...

  • Antoine/Milena

    Episode 4

    Directed by Sharon Lockhart • 2015 • United States

    Artist Sharon Lockhart recreates a classic sequence from François Truffaut’s THE 400 BLOWS, starring her recurring collaborator Milena in the Antoine Doinel role.

  • The Foundation

    Episode 5

    Directed by P. Staff • 2015 • United States, United Kingdom

    Originally conceived as a gallery installation, THE FOUNDATION explores the complex legacy of gay fetish artist Tom of Finland via a portrait of the Tom of Finland Foundation in Los Angeles and the community that has formed around it.

  • Truth

    Episode 6

    Directed by AG Rojas • 2017 • United States

    A song by jazz saxophonist Kamasi Washington inspires this ecstatic visual poem, which celebrates human connection, creativity, and diversity.

  • We Were Lost in Our Country

    Episode 7

    Directed by Tuan Andrew Nguyen • 2019 • Australia

    The large-scale painting known as the Ngurrara Canvas II is many things to many people. But to Australia’s Aboriginal Ngurrara people it is a map, made from memory, of a place where their ancestors lived for over sixty thousand years and a direct...

  • Bronx, New York, November 2019

    Episode 8

    Directed by Kelly Reichardt • 2021 • France
    Starring Michell Segre

    Kelly Reichardt’s snapshot of artist Michelle Segre at work in her New York City studio captures the creation of her unique, large-scale sculptures made from yarn and wire.

  • Cal State Long Beach, CA, January 2020

    Episode 9

    Directed by Kelly Reichardt • 2021 • France
    Starring Jessica Jackson Hutchins, Alexander Demetriou

    A wordless portrait of sculptor Jessica Jackson Hutchins shows us the artist in the process of transforming clay into uncanny forms.

  • Dear Chantal

    Episode 10

    Directed by Nicolás Pereda • 2021 • Mexico, Spain
    Starring Catalina Pereda

    Nicolás Pereda’s playful and moving homage to Chantal Akerman takes the form of a series of letters responding to her imagined inquiry about renting a home in Mexico City.

  • For the Time Being

    Episode 11

    Directed by Deborah Stratman • 2021 • United States

    Filmed on and around the Great Salt Lake, Mono Lake, and Meteor Crater, Deborah Stratman’s video letter to trailblazing land artist Nancy Holt pays homage to their shared interests in terminal lakes, framed views, monuments, and time.

  • Nadine Nortier

    Episode 12

    Directed by Gillian Garcia • 2022 • United States
    Starring Nikki Burnett, Keiolani Mahinan, Luna Dyer

    Three street-cast actors perform Mouchette’s gestures with unwitting knowledge of Robert Bresson or his 1967 film, which starred Nadine Nortier as the title character. What emerges is a series o...