Eno, with director Gary Hustwit

Trailer Review

Orpheum · Saugerties

A SONIC WAVE Weekly and CLOSE UP screening

All screenings follow up with a Q&A w/ director Gary Hustwit
Wednesday, July 31 7:00p
Thursday, August 1 7:00p
Friday, August 2 7:00p

A movie event: this groundbreaking generative documentary about visionary musician Brian Eno is different every time it’s shown: presenting a different order, scenes, and music. This innovative approach echoes Eno’s iterative practice, his methods of using technology to compose music, and his deep dive into the mercurial essence of creativity. Beginning his career as an original member of the legendary Roxy Music, Eno released a series of classic solo records before pioneering the new genre of ambient music. As a producer, Eno also helped define and reinvent the sound of some of the most important artists in music, including David Bowie, U2, and Talking Heads.  (dir. Gary Hustwit, USA, 2024, 100 min.)

A template for how cinema can be re-defined in the digital age” –The Quietus

Gary Hustwit is a filmmaker and visual artist based in New York. He has produced over 20 documentaries and film projects, including the award-winning I Am Trying To Break Your Heart about the band Wilco; Oddsac, an experimental feature film by the band Animal Collective; and Mavis!, the HBO documentary about gospel/soul music legend Mavis Staples. Gary worked with punk label SST Records in the late-1980s, releasing the music of bands like Black Flag, Sonic Youth, and Dinosaur Jr. He ran the independent book publishing house Incommunicado Press during the 1990s, and started the DVD label Plexifilm in 2001. With Plexifilm, Gary released over 40 films theatrically and on home video, including work by the Maysles brothers, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Andy Warhol and David Byrne.

In 2007 he made his directorial debut with Helvetica, the world’s first feature-length documentary about graphic design and typography. He has continued to explore how design affects our daily lives with his subsequent films Objectified (2009), Urbanized (2011), Workplace (2016), and Rams (2018). The films have been broadcast on PBS, BBC, HBO, Netflix and outlets in 20 countries, and have been screened in over 300 cities worldwide. His most recent project is Eno, a documentary about musician and artist Brian Eno, which uses generative technology in its creation and exhibition. Eno premiered at the 2024 Sundance Film Festival.

Gary’s films have premiered at Sundance, the South by Southwest Film Festival, and the Toronto International Film Festival, among others. He was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Helvetica, and has served on the grand juries of the Sundance Film Festival, the IFP Gotham Awards, and the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival. Gary was named one of the 100 Most Creative People in Business by Fast Company. He is a member of the Documentary Branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

His film and photographic work has been featured in exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art New York, Smithsonian Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum, Design Museum London, the Venice Biennale, Paul Kasmin Gallery New York, Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Storefront for Art and Architecture New York, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Korea, and the Colette Gallery in Paris, among others.

He’s obsessed with guitars and is a design collaborator at the electric guitar company Koll. Gary is also part of The Olympic City, a slow-photojournalism project which looks at the afterlife of former Olympic host cities.

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