AFI DOCS 2021: The Visual Arts
Are you an avid museum goer, an artist yourself or simply a lover of the arts looking to learn about a community of artists or wanting an in-depth look at an artist you might never have heard of? This selection of documentary features and shorts on the visual arts is sure to satisfy that creative itch! From nuns with paintbrushes to coded queer advertising, these films are a fascinating look at art and artists that you’ll not want to miss.
The coded advertisements of legendary early-20th century gay illustrator J.C. Leyendecker quietly, but directly, acknowledged a community that was forced to live in the closet. SCREENS AS PART OF SHORTS PROGRAM 6 – Buy Ticket
NO STRAIGHT LINES
This wonderfully immersive look at the history of queer comics celebrates the queer artists who carved out a space in the culture where they could see themselves and be seen by others. Closed captions available. Buy Ticket
In Los Angeles in the 1960s, the courageous Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary challenged the Roman Catholic Church in an effort to reform its engrained patriarchal strictures – but at a considerable cost. Closed captions available. Buy Ticket
A look at the off-the-wall psyche of Gen Z by way of visionary 3D artist Scum Boy, a young South African, Jewish transgender man living his life with illuminating fearlessness. SCREENS AS PART OF SHORTS PROGRAM 3 – Buy Ticket
THE STORY WON’T DIE
In their homeland of Syria, artists are routinely tortured, kidnapped, imprisoned and killed. While in exile in Europe, their talents speak truth to power, help them heal and find joy. Closed captions available. Buy Ticket
Learn more at DOCS.AFI.com.