Troublemakers (2015 film)

Last updated
Troublemakers: The Story of Land Art
Theatrical release poster for Troublemakers, The Story of Land Art.jpeg
Directed by James Crump
Written by James Crump
Produced by James Crump
Ronnie Sassoon
Farley Ziegler
Michel Comte
Starring Nancy Holt
Lawrence Weiner
Vito Acconci
Dennis Oppenheim
Robert Smithson
Michael Heizer
Germano Celant
Harald Szeemann
Virginia Dwan
Willoughby Sharp
Carl Andre
Charles Ross
Gianfranco Gorgoni
Paula Cooper
Pamela Sharp
CinematographyAlexandre Themistocleous
Robert O'Haire
Edited byNick Tamburri
Distributed by First Run Features
Release dates
Running time
72 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Box office$38,571 [1]

Troublemakers: The Story of Land Art is a 2015 American documentary film directed by James Crump. [2] [3] [4] [5] Troublemakers chronicles the history of land art in the 1960s and 1970s, when a group of radical New York artists began producing earthworks on a monumental scale in the desert spaces of the American southwest. The film follows the enigmatic careers of artists who use the earth itself as their primary medium, including Robert Smithson (Spiral Jetty), Walter De Maria (The Lightning Field) and Michael Heizer (Double Negative). [6]

Contents

Reception

Eric Gibson of The Wall Street Journal gave the film a positive review, writing, "A film that takes its place among the great art documentaries of the past half-century... filled with great moments, large and small... deftly captures the madcap ambition, grandeur and even sublimity of the works these artists created." [7] Glenn Kenny of The New York Times in a NYT Critics' Pick called it a "thrilling documentary," writing "The film’s generous views of spectacular works like Smithson’s monumental (Spiral Jetty) (the work projects into the Great Salt Lake in Utah) and Mr. Heizer’s (Double Negative) in Nevada (a huge trench bisected by a canyon) are best seen on the largest screen available." [8] John DeFore of The Hollywood Reporter called the film "a colorful and sometimes gorgeous primer on this influential moment." [9] Jordan Hoffman, writing for The Guardian of London proclaimed "Forget Dawn of Justice – this is the best superhero team-up we’ll see at the cinema this year." [10] Writing for The Huffington Post , Patricia Zohn declared Troublemakers "does something that is rare for art documentaries: It is very beautiful and dynamic itself in examining work that is challenging. It meets the subject head-on." [11]

Troublemakers has a score of 94% on Rotten Tomatoes [12] and 65% on Metacritic. [13]

Release

The film premiered at the 2015 New York Film Festival on October 1, 2015, and released theatrically on January 8, 2016, via First Run Features. [14] [15]

Related Research Articles

Robert Smithson 20th-century American artist

Robert Smithson was an American artist known for sculpture and land art who often used drawing and photography in relation to the spatial arts. His work has been internationally exhibited in galleries and museums and is held in public collections. He was one of the founders of the land art movement whose best known work is the Spiral Jetty (1970).

Land art A form of art creation

Land art, variously known as Earth art, environmental art, and Earthworks, is an art movement that emerged in the 1960s and 1970s, largely associated with Great Britain and the United States but that also includes examples from many countries. As a trend, "land art" expanded boundaries of art by the materials used and the siting of the works. The materials used were often the materials of the Earth, including the soil, rocks, vegetation, and water found on-site, and the sites of the works were often distant from population centers. Though sometimes fairly inaccessible, photo documentation was commonly brought back to the urban art gallery.

<i>Spiral Jetty</i> Earthwork sculpture by Robert Smithson

Spiral Jetty is an earthwork sculpture constructed in April 1970 that is considered to be the most important work of American sculptor Robert Smithson. Smithson documented the construction of the sculpture in a 32-minute color film also titled Spiral Jetty. Built on the northeastern shore of the Great Salt Lake near Rozel Point in Utah entirely of mud, salt crystals, and basalt rocks, Spiral Jetty forms a 1,500-foot-long (460 m), 15-foot-wide (4.6 m) counterclockwise coil jutting from the shore of the lake.

Woody Allen filmography List of films by Woody Allen

Woody Allen has acted in, directed, and written many films starting in the 1960s. His first film was the 1965 comedy What's New Pussycat?, which featured him as both writer and performer. Allen felt that his New Yorker humor was mismatched with the director Clive Donner's British sensibility, and decided he wished to direct all future films from his material. He was unable to prevent the production of films by other directors from previous stage plays of his to which he had already sold the film rights, notably 1972's successful film Play it Again, Sam from the 1969 play of the same title directed by Herbert Ross.

Walter De Maria American drummer

Walter Joseph De Maria was an American artist, sculptor, illustrator and composer, who lived and worked in New York City. Walter de Maria's artistic practice is connected with minimal art, conceptual art, and land art of the 1960s.

Raoul Peck Haitian filmmaker and activist

Raoul Peck is a Haitian filmmaker, of both documentary and feature films. He is known for using historical, political, and personal characters to tackle and recount societal issues and historical events. Peck was Haiti's Minister of Culture from 1996 to September 1997. His film I Am Not Your Negro (2016), about the life of James Baldwin and race relations in the United States, was nominated for an Oscar in January 2017 and won a César Award in France. Peck is also the founder of Velvet Film, a film production company in Paris, New York, and Port-au-Prince. He also founded "El Dorado Forum" in 1995, a center that supports the creativity and enrichment of artists.

James Crump American film director

James Crump is an American film director, writer, producer, art historian and curator. His films include Black White + Gray: A Portrait of Sam Wagstaff and Robert Mapplethorpe; Troublemakers: The Story of Land Art; and Antonio Lopez 1970: Sex Fashion & Disco.

Nicholas Jarecki is an American film director, producer, and writer best known for his 2012 feature film Arbitrage.

Virginia Dwan is an American art collector, art patron, philanthropist, visionary and founder of the Dwan Light Sanctuary in Montezuma, New Mexico. She is the former owner and executive director of Dwan Gallery, Los Angeles (1959–1967) and Dwan Gallery New York (1965–1971), a contemporary art gallery closely identified with the American movements of Minimalism, Conceptual Art, and Earthworks.

<i>Life Itself</i> (2014 film) 2014 American film

Life Itself is a 2014 American biographical documentary film about Chicago film critic Roger Ebert, directed by Steve James and produced by Zak Piper, James and Garrett Basch. The film is based on Ebert's 2011 memoir of the same name. It premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival and was an official selection at the 67th Cannes Film Festival. The 41st Telluride Film Festival hosted a special screening of the film on August 28, 2014. Magnolia Pictures released the film theatrically in the United States and simultaneously via video on demand platforms on July 4, 2014.

<i>The Battered Bastards of Baseball</i> 2014 documentary film

The Battered Bastards of Baseball is a 2014 documentary film about the Portland Mavericks, a defunct minor league baseball team in Portland, Oregon. They played five seasons in the Class A-Short Season Northwest League, from 1973 through 1977. Owned by actor Bing Russell, the Mavericks were an independent team, without the affiliation of a parent team in the major leagues. The title is from a line in Jim Bouton's 1970 book Ball Four: "Us battered bastards of baseball are the biggest customers of the U.S. Post Office, forwarding-address department."

<i>Hitchcock/Truffaut</i> (film) 2015 film

Hitchcock/Truffaut is a 2015 French-American documentary film directed by film critic Kent Jones about François Truffaut's book on Alfred Hitchcock, Hitchcock/Truffaut, and its impact on cinema.

<i>Black White + Gray</i> 2007 documentary film

Black White + Gray: A Portrait of Sam Wagstaff and Robert Mapplethorpe is a 2007 American documentary film directed by James Crump. The film chronicles the symbiotic relationship between Sam Wagstaff, an American museum curator and collector of fine art, and Robert Mapplethorpe, the American fine art photographer whose controversial images were at the center of debate about public funding for the arts and the culture wars of the late 1980s. The film also explores the relationship both men shared with poet/musician Patti Smith in the New York art world of the 1970s.

<i>O.J.: Made in America</i> 2016 American documentary

O.J.: Made in America is a 2016 American documentary, produced and directed by Ezra Edelman for ESPN Films and their 30 for 30 series. It was released as a five-part miniseries and in theatrical format. The documentary explores race and celebrity through the life of O. J. Simpson, from his emerging football career at the University of Southern California, and his celebrity and popularity within American culture, to his trial for the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Lyle Goldman, and subsequent acquittal, and how he was convicted and imprisoned for the Las Vegas robbery 13 years later. O.J.: Made in America premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on January 22, 2016, and was theatrically released in New York City and Los Angeles in May 2016. It debuted on ABC on June 11, 2016, and aired on ESPN.

<i>Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds</i> 2016 American film

Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds is a 2016 documentary about the relationship between entertainer Debbie Reynolds and her daughter, actress and writer Carrie Fisher. It premiered at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival and on January 7, 2017, on HBO.

Antonio Lopez 1970: Sex Fashion & Disco is a 2017 American documentary film directed by James Crump. This feature documentary concerns the Puerto Rican-born, Harlem and Bronx-raised fashion illustrator Antonio Lopez and his influential work and milieu in New York and Paris between 1968 and 1973. With original interviews and vintage footage, the film also features Lopez's personal partner and longtime creative collaborator, Juan Ramos, Bill Cunningham, Jessica Lange, Grace Jones, Bob Colacello, Grace Coddington, Yves Saint Laurent, Joan Juliet Buck and Karl Lagerfeld among numerous others.

<i>Time</i> (2020 film) 2020 American film

Time is a 2020 American documentary film produced and directed by Garrett Bradley. It follows Sibil Fox Richardson, fighting for the release of her husband, Rob, who is serving a 60-year prison sentence for engaging in an armed bank robbery.

<i>Dear Mr. Brody</i> 2021 American film

Dear Mr. Brody is a 2021 documentary film directed and produced by Keith Maitland. The film centers on letters written to Michael James Brody Jr. from the general public in response to Brody Jr.'s announcement that he would give away his inherited fortune to those in need.

<i>Broken Circle/Spiral Hill</i> Earthwork sculpture by American artist Robert Smithson

Broken Circle/Spiral Hill is an earthwork sculpture by the American artist Robert Smithson. It was created for the 1971 Sonsbeek outdoor sculpture exhibition. The piece is located in Emmen, Netherlands.

Gianfranco Gorgoni Italian photographer

Gianfranco Gorgoni was an Italian photographer who documented land art and installation art. His work was exhibited in a survery show, Gianfranco Gorgoni: Land Art Photographs, at the Nevada Museum of Art in 2021.

References

  1. "Troublemakers: The Story of Land Art (2016)". Box Office Mojo . Retrieved August 14, 2018.
  2. Su Wu, A New Documentary Sheds Light on the 'Troublemakers' of Land Art, T Magazine, May 4, 2015
  3. Christopher Bollen, LandArt, Interview Magazine, August 2015
  4. Laura Hoffmann, James Crump Discusses Troublemakers The Story of Land Art, Artforum, September 2, 2015
  5. Andy Battaglia, Land Art Gets Its Close-Up In New Film, Wall Street Journal September 27, 2015
  6. "Troublemakers and the Angst Behind Land Art". Curbed. Retrieved 7 January 2016.
  7. "'Troublemakers: The Story of Land Art' Review". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 7 January 2016.
  8. Glenn Kenny, Review: Troublemakers: The Story of Land Art, a Documentary, The New York Times, January 8, 2016
  9. "'Troublemakers: The Story of Land Art': Film Review". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 7 January 2016.
  10. "Jordan Hoffman, Troublemakers: The Story of Land Art Review - a story of art superheroes, The Guardian, January 8, 2016
  11. Patricia Zohn, CultureZohn: Troublemakers, The Huffington Post, February 4, 2016
  12. Rotten Tomatoes, Troublemakers: The Story of Land Art
  13. Metacritic, Troublemakers: The Story of Land Art
  14. "Laura Poitras, Frederick Wiseman to Screen New Work at New York Film Festival". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 7 January 2016.
  15. "Land Art: James Crump, former CAM curator, makes a film about the movement". Citybeat Cincinnati. Retrieved 8 January 2016.