Steve McQueen and Dr. Cornel West on Paul Robeson, Art, and Politics.
from the Whitney Museum of American Art
May 1, 2016: In conjunction with Open Plan: Steve McQueen, Steve McQueen is joined by Dr. Cornel West for this discussion on the career and legacy of legendary singer, actor, and political activist Paul Robeson. This event occurred on May Day, a traditional springtime festival and international day honoring workers.
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Directors Talk, the Confessions of Steve McQueen : The artist and filmmaker’s dark parable on the shame of sex addiction
by Alison Chernick for NOWNESS.
Cornered in his hotel room during the Toronto Film Festival, the ever-provocative Steve McQueen ruminates on free will, desire and his upcoming film Shame in Alison Chernick’s latest short. Recipient of the Camera d’Or and Fipresco prize for debut feature Hunger, McQueen has earned a reputation as one of our most prolific and challenging visual artists, winning The Turner Prize in 1999 for his short black and white film Deadpan, and representing Britain at the 2009 Venice Biennale. Co-written with Abi Morgan (Brick Lane), the director's sophomore feature takes an unflinching look at the destructive nature of sex addiction, following Michael Fassbender’s corporate drone Brandon through a solitary routine of meaningless sexual encounters and the fallout that occurs when his equally damaged, self-harming sister Sissy (Carey Mulligan) comes to stay. “I wanted to discuss the theme of imprisonment in his films—in this case psychological," reveals Chernick. "But after seeing Shame I was more focused on the collide between morality and addiction, where one ends and the other begins.”
Paul Robeson : American Masters.
Here I stand, Documentary.
This extraordinary documentary directed by St. Clair Bourne originally aired on PBS as part of the "American Masters" series. It charts the life and artistry of Paul Robeson (1898-1976) who won international acclaim as a concert performer, stage actor, recording artist, and film actor. Raised by his widowed father, a minister, he was a scholar and athlete at Rutgers. After attending Columbia Law School, Robeson plunged into a career in the arts that continued for 40 years. Throughout his life, this black performer identified with the rights of his people and the working class poor.