FSLC to present the world premiere of compelling portrait of Jeff Koons, JEFF, EMBRACE YOUR PAST

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THE FILM SOCIETY OF LINCOLN CENTER TO PRESENT
THE WORLD PREMIERE OF ROGER TEICH AND HENRY S. ROSENTHAL’S
COMPELLING PORTRAIT OF ARTIST JEFF KOONS,
JEFF, EMBRACE YOUR PAST

The time-capsule work was filmed in and around Koons’s 1992
retrospective at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and will
screen on September 17 with the co-creators in person


New York, NY (August 18, 2014) – The Film Society of Lincoln Center will present the World Premiere of Roger Teich and Henry S. Rosenthal’s never-before-seen time-capsule work Jeff, Embrace Your Past on Wednesday, September 17 at 7PM at the Walter Reade Theater (165 West 65th Street). Tickets will go on sale Thursday, September 4.

In 1992, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art opened the first major museum retrospective of the work of Jeff Koons, who, at a boyish 37, was already an art-world sensation. His series “Made in Heaven,” a set of photorealist paintings depicting himself and his wife Ilona Staller—also known as La Cicciolina, a famous porn star—in various acrobatic coital poses, had premiered the past year to enormous controversy, and his collected body of work, with its heavy use of readymades and its assembly-line style production methods, was already inspiring a question that continues to stoke debate: is Koons a canny media critic, or a cynical market-reader trading in repurposed junk, or something ineffable?  Roger Teich and Henry S. Rosenthal’s compelling, keen-eyed time-capsule work, filmed on 16mm at and around the opening of the exhibit, gives unprecedented access to Koons, features the last on-camera interviews with Jeff’s father, Henry Koons and exhibition curator John Caldwell, and leaves that question tantalizingly open. The result is a multi-sided portrait of a man whose work continues to raise difficult, probing questions about the role of the artist in society.

Director: Roger Teich; Producer: Henry S. Rosenthal; Editors: Michelle Silva/Curtis Tamm; Cinematographer: John Starr; Sound Recordist: Alenka Pavlin; Sound Designer: Kent Sparling; Lighting: Maica Foch


PRESS SCREENING

Thursday, September 4, 11:30AM

Venue: Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center, 144 West 65th Street

2013/USA/Not Rated/40m/HDCAM/Color

To RSVP, or for additional information, please contact

John Wildman, jwildman@filmlinc.com


Tickets for Jeff, Embrace Your Past will go on sale Thursday, September 4. Admission is $15; $12 for students, seniors (62+); and Film Society members. Visit www.filmlinc.com for more information. Please note: Programs and prices are subject to change. Tickets are subject to availability.


FILM SOCIETY OF LINCOLN CENTER

Founded in 1969 to celebrate American and international cinema, the Film Society of Lincoln Center works to recognize established and emerging filmmakers, support important new work, and to enhance the awareness, accessibility, and understanding of the moving image. The Film Society produces the renowned New York Film Festival, a curated selection of the year’s most significant new film work, and presents or collaborates on other annual New York City festivals including Dance on Camera, Film Comment Selects, Human Rights Watch Film Festival, Latinbeat, New Directors/New Films, NewFest, New York African Film Festival, New York Asian Film Festival, New York Jewish Film Festival, Open Roads: New Italian Cinema and Rendez-Vous with French Cinema. In addition to publishing the award-winning Film Comment magazine, the Film Society recognizes an artist's unique achievement in film with the prestigious Chaplin Award. The Film Society’s state-of-the-art Walter Reade Theater and the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center, located at Lincoln Center, provide a home for year-round programs and the New York City film community.

The Film Society receives generous, year-round support from Royal Bank of Canada, Jaeger-LeCoultre, American Airlines, The New York Times, Stella Artois, The Kobal Collection, Trump International Hotel and Tower, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the New York State Council on the Arts. For more information, visit www.filmlinc.com and follow @filmlinc on Twitter.

For Media specific inquiries, please contact:


John Wildman, (212) 875-5419

jwildman@filmlinc.com

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