Virginia Film Society Features Documentary About Contemporary Art Superstar Matthew Barney

February 28, 2007

Feb. 28, 2007 -- "Artists on Film," the Virginia Film Society Spring Series, continues with a documentary looking into the creative world of contemporary art superstar Matthew Barney. "No Restraint: Matthew Barney," by Alison Chernick, will be screened on Tuesday, March 13, at 7 p.m. in Vinegar Hill Theatre.

Barney's exhibitions in Europe and the United States have drawn record crowds, and took the film world by storm with his Cremaster cycle (five films that explore processes of creation through the photographs, drawings, sculptures and installations the artist produced in conjunction with the Cremaster project). Alison Chernick provides a rare glimpse of Barney's creative process as he plows the waters off the coast of Japan aboard a whaling ship to film his most ambitious project yet, "Drawing Restraint 9," starring himself and his partner Bjork. Chernick also charts the rise of Barney in the art world with interviews with the artist himself, Bjork, The New York Times Art Critic Michael Kimmelman and gallerist Barbara Gladstone among many others. Chernick's film not only gives us a fascinating portrait of a brilliant career, but answers questions about the nature of Barney's work.
The screening of "No Restraint: Matthew Barney" is cosponsored with OFFScreen, which is showing Barney's "Drawing Restraint 9" on Sunday, March 18 at 7 and 9:30 p.m. in Newcomb Hall Theater.

Spring membership for the Virginia Film Society is $30 ($25 for students and senior citizens). Membership benefits include admission to the eight spring season screenings, a free pass to Regal Cinemas, $2 off Mondays at Sneak Reviews (non-new releases only) and $6 Tuesday movies at Vinegar Hill. Film Society memberships and individual admission tickets can be purchased 30 minutes before the screening at the venue box office. For more information on membership in the Virginia Film Society, or to view the full spring season schedule, visit Memberships can also be purchased by mail using the membership order form available at the Web site.

The Virginia Film Society is sponsored by the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities.