The Tribeca Film Festival has announced the short films that will be in competition during the upcoming annual event. This year visual artists, JR and Daniel Arsham, will both premiere films during the Gallery Opening. This is the first time the artists turned directors will be featured in the festival.
JR worked with the New York City Ballet to produce his short, Les Bosquets. The film was inspired by his first work “Portrait of a Generation," which included 28 pictures of local youths from the projects. The street artist then illegally exhibited the portraits on the walls of buildings throughout Paris. The neighborhood he documented was the same location as the French riots that broke out in 2005. The chaotic events from that time are recreated through dance to a soundtrack made by the musician Woodkid.
Daniel Arsham will be premiering the third installment of his Future Relic series, this time featuring Juliette Lewis. The short films take place in a post-apocalyptic world and feature Arsham's sculptures. His stories create origins for everyday objects, like the cell phone, as a way to get people to think about them differently.
Both artists' films will debut during the festival in April. For the entire list of short films visit the Tribeca Film Festival website.