Gift is a richly cinematic film directed by Robin McKenna, who took inspiration from Lewis Hyde’s beloved classic The Gift: Creativity and the Artist in the Modern World.
Exploring the parallels between artists’ work and a gift economy, Gift interweaves character-driven stories:
•On the Pacific Northwest Coast, a young Indigenous man undertakes the elaborate preparations for a potlatch — to make a name for himself by giving everything away;
•In Rome, Italy, a factory occupied by migrant families is transformed into a living museum, protected by a “barricade of art”;
•In the pirate utopia of Burning Man, a mutant bumblebee art car distributes honey in a postapocalyptic desert landscape; and,
•In Auckland, New Zealand, artist Mingwei Lee prepares to launch Sonic Blossom — a “transformative gift” of song.
Admission to Gift is free, but to reserve a seat, simply email email@example.com by the end of Jan. 23 with the date you wish to attend. There is a limited seating capacity of 30.