Films4Peace Short Film Commissions Screened For World Peace Day

The second annual films4peace, short film commission by PUMA.Peace, features some of today’s most innovative artists, visually interpreting the subject of peace. These art films will be released at cutural venues globally, online on World Peace Day on 21 September 2012 on a dedicated films4peace website, through social networking and video sharing sites and blogs, and on Channel 4 in the UK, amongst others.

In keeping with the spirit of the commission, these films will be gifted to the world, copyright free, as tools for peace. By releasing these short films as broadly as possible, on mutliple live and virtual platforms, we aim to effect positive social change and broaden the discussions around peace globally. None of the films are language specific.

Curator Mark Coetzee has invited 21 artists to create 17 new works including: Janet Biggs (USA) Ergin Cavuşoğlu (Bulgaria) Magali Charrier (France) Gregory Crewdson and Costanza Theodoli-Braschi (USA and UK) Yang Fudong (China) Tom Gran and Kayleigh Gibbons (UK) Max Hattler (Germany) Isaac Julien (UK) Peterson Kamwathi (Kenya) Joe Lawlor and Christine Molloy (Ireland) Nandipha Mntambo (Swaziland) Michael Nyman (UK) Noriko Okaku (Japan) Jacco Olivier (Netherlands) Bill Porter (UK) Levi van Veluw (Netherlands) Hank Willis Thomas and Terence Nance (USA)

Live screenings will accompany the online release at major museums globally, including the Bass Museum of Art (Miami, USA) and the Design Museum (London, UK); in public urban spaces, such as the City of Barcelona (Spain) and the Laumeier Sculpture Park (St. Louis, USA); educational institutions and youth leadership conferences, such as the H&R Block Artspace, Kansas City Art Institute (USA) and the 2012 One Young World summit (Pittsburgh, USA). The films are each 30 – 90 seconds long and include 35mm live action, experimental animation and fine art approaches. The artists were selected for the quality and scope of their work and their sensitivity in interpreting the theme.

“Artists confront us with the challenges that face us at this time,” said Mark Coetzee, films4peace curator. “films4peace are both disturbing and inspiring, responsive to the reality of our time but they also ask us to be responsible for our actions. PUMA.Peace wishes to contribute to making the world a better place. A world that is safer, more peaceful and more creative. We are honoured that so many amazing and high profile museums, galleries and online partners have joined us in this important initiative.”

Through the puma.peace program, PUMA continues its support of the United Nations Global Cease-Fire Day and the non-profit organization that inspired it, Peace One Day. PUMA supported the Peace One Day documentary, which was filmed partly in Afghanistan with peace activist Jude Law and screened in major cities around the world including Cannes, London and New York. In 2008, we launched One Day One Goal, a global football movement that celebrated Peace Day with goodwill football matches played around the world, in many cases between communities previously in conflict. In its first year, the One Day One Goal campaign  held over 180 peace games. Now in its third year of support puma.peace in partnership with One Day One Goal aim to see matches played in all 192 UN member states. puma.peace will continue to develop initiatives that promote and support peace across the globe.

 “peace starts with me” is a new annual PUMA.Peace commission. This year seven international artists and filmmakers create original works. Curated by PUMA.Creative Chief Curator, Mark Coetzee, and produced by Shooting People, these films encompass a diverse range of styles; including 35mm live action, experimental animation and fine art. Conceived as 30 to 90 second films to facilitate online as well as live screenings, the works are based on the idea that “peace starts with me”. PUMA.Peace commissioned these films under an agreement with the artists that they can openly be downloaded and shown, without any fees, thus acting as ongoing tools for peace—for all. The filmmakers range from world-renowned award-winning artists, to recent graduates; all were selected for the quality and scope of their work and their sensitivity in interpreting this year’s theme.

films4peace Friday 21 September 2012 – films4peace will be available to watch online at from 21 September 2012 – World Peace Day.

UK venues and partners include: Channel 4 (London) – launch event (details to be confirmed) Design Museum (London) QUAD (Derby) Royal College of Art (London)

Photo: © Janet Bigg 2012

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