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Kusama - Infinity

Heather Lenz
USA 2018 / 80’
Dragonfly Eyes Lek and the Dogs

Obsessive, hallucinatory patterns of dots are the trademark of Yayoi Kusama, an eccentric Japanese artist-not to mention the country's most expensive artist. In thefilm Kusama: Infinity, we meet her in New York in the 1960s, where she is fighting for fame. And she is also fighting on other fronts: against racism and sexism in the male-dominated world of art, where, as a woman and an Asian, she is considered a curiosity. Kusama left Japan for New York in 1957, and that is where she created her most famous works. In the 1970s, she was an anti-war activist. She organized marches and performance-art protests. She even offered President Nixon sex in exchange for the withdrawal of the U.S. army from Vietnam. At so-called body festivals, hundreds of people euphorically disrobed, and Kusama painted dots on their naked bodies. In 1972, she returned to Japan, where she voluntarily checked herself into a psychiatric hospital. She is still there to this day.

Ewa Szabłowska

Heather Lenz

Director and producer, Heather Lenz is passionate about documentaries and biography films. She is drawn to stories about people with creative minds who have not walked the beaten path (such as Yayoi Kusama). Her first short documentary about a bicycle inventor, Back to Back, was nominated for a student Academy Award and screened in film festivals worldwide. Lenz has degrees in Art History and Fine Arts from Kent State University. She also earned an MFA in Cinematic Arts from the University of Southern California.

Filmography

2001 Back to Back (short)

2003 Interwined Lives (short)

2018 Kusama - nieskończoność / Kusama - Infinity

Cast & Crew

director Heather Lenz
screenplay Heather Lenz, Keita Ideno
cinematography Hart Perry, Hide Itaya
music Allyson Newman
cast Yayoi Kusama
producer Heather Lenz, Karen Johnson, David Koh
production Goodmovies Entertainment, Lenz Productions, Octopus Originals, Submarine Entertainment, Tokyo Lee Productions
sales Dogwoof
language English
colouration colour