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Troublemakers: The Story of Land Art review – a story of artist superheroes

Focusing on Robert Smithson, Walter De Maria and Michael Heizer, this documentary explores the artists who decided to make huge works in the open air – a modern-day equivalent of Stonehenge

Early in James Crump’s Troublemakers: The Story of Land Art one of his talking-head subjects, Charles Ross, reminisces back to the early 1970s to tell how he picked the location for his site-specific earthwork sculpture Star Axis. When the movie ends we learn that 40 years later, Star Axis is still a work in progress. These people are not fooling around.

Beginning in the late 1960s, a group of artists got the itch to find a larger canvas and sling a little mud at the established gallery structure. Heading west, these likeminded pioneers traded paintbrushes for heavy machinery, creating gashes in the ground, erecting structures and manipulating the very landscape toward their own sometimes difficult-to-define goals.

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Nyff unveils doc programme

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Nyff unveils doc programme
The 53rd New York Film Festival’s Spotlight on Documentary launches on September 27 and features new work from Frederick Wiseman, Laura Poitras, Walter Salles and Joaquim Pinto.

Poitras, winner of this year’s best documentary Oscar for Citizenfour, will preview the Julian Assange series Asylum.

Wiseman’s 40th documentary feature In Jackson Heights (pictured) profiles the culturally diverse New York neighbourhood caught in the midst of economic development.

In Fish Tail, Pinto and husband Leonel document the artisanal work of small-scale fishermen in the Azorean island of Rabo de Peixe. Salles’ Jia Zhangke, A Guy From Fenyang profiles the Chinese director as he revisits his hometown.

Spotlight on Documentary line-up:

Everything Is Copy (USA), Jacob Bernstein

World Premiere

Field Of Vision: New Episodic Nonfiction (USA-Germany), Laura Poitras

World Premiere

Fish Tail (Rabo de Peixe) (Portugal), Joaquim Pinto and Nuno Leonel

North American premiere

Homeland (Iraq Year Zero) (Iraq-France), Abbas Fahdel,

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