The Dolls of LisbonClosed Captioning
Ethan H. Minsker
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The Dolls of Lisbon project, and subsequent film, was based on the Zapatista movement. The Zapatista rebellion in Chiapas, Mexico used art, music, and poetry to attract the eyes of the world and the dolls have been an important part in spreading the word about an otherwise unknown rebellion. The Antagonist Movement, Inc., a consortium of artists, writers and musicians based in New York's East Village, handmade 100 blank canvas dolls and shipped them around the world for other artists to fashion as they saw fit. The various dolls were then displayed at an annual art fair in Lisbon, Portugal in June 2010. Underlying the premise of the Dolls of Lisbon project is a larger story, the story almost every artist knows well, the struggle to create art while surviving in a monetarily based world. Through interviews and live art interventions, the viewer experiences the frustration of artists to maintain their creative inspiration and passion while keeping a roof over their head and food on their plate. In a world of art commercialization and monetary greed, these artists literally bleed their art to do what they love. The film employs stop-motion animation and a vital alternative soundtrack. It was the official selection of the Royal Flush Festival, G40 Art Summit, DC independent film festival and the Hong Kong Underground Film Festival. The film features the artwork of rock n roll royalties such as Fabrizio Moroni of the Strokes, Arturo Vega from the Ramones and Ted Riederer of Never Records fame.
Small doll, big idea
It's a hard thing to follow your passion and do what you love, especially when it is seldom financially rewarded. "The Dolls of Lisbon", inspired by the Zapatista Doll figures of Mexico, is an intimate look at the struggling artist in New York City and around the world put together by The Antagonist Movement of NYC. This massive worldwide art project about a small doll with a big idea behind it brings so many lone souls together, and gives you a look at a world that few experience. It is also interesting to find out what so many different minds envision when they look at these blank canvas figures, and how different the end products vary. The great score, 8mm film and stop motion sequences make this a truly unique film about a passionate group of people.
art and dolls and people from around the world
This was an enjoyable documentary that did a good job showing how arrtists struggle to create and struggle to finance their art. It was inspiring how these artists from around the world came together and created a project that really touched upon how all artists work hard to get their ideas out.
I have a really hard time sitting still through movies and very rarely do they hold my attention for more than 30 minutes, however, this film struck a deep chord with me and kept my attention till the last scene. It is a gritty, artsy, and passionate film about a group of artists from New York collaborating with artists based out of Lisbon.
It's not about the art you see in the fancy galleries. It's everyday artists. It's people who work every day, come home, and still find time to work on projects and be creative. It's about overcoming obstacles at all cost for a greater purpose. It's about regardless of how difficult life can be, to find a time and way to create regardless of money. It's about the people who take nothing and make something beautiful out of it. It's raw and it's real and I'm in love with it.
Doll's of Lisbon is a very inspiring film. I recommend it to artists and non-artists a like.