Saturday, March 08, 2008

Origami Documentary: Between The Folds

A high-resolution version of this trailer can be seen here.

While looking for information about folded book forms I came across this trailer for Green Fuse Films' current documentary project, Between the Folds (working title, Exploring Origami). They have wrapped primary shooting and are in post-production. A special sneak preview will be showing May 31, 2008, at the Parrish Art Museum:
This feature-length documentary illuminates the beauty, complexity and powerful duality of origami in the 21st century, and the unexpected lives it shapes. Viewers will travel far beyond conventional child's craft to discover unforeseen directions in origami that decidedly blur the line between dizzying science and dazzling art. With world-renowned master-artists as guides – many with extensive backgrounds in the advanced sciences – the film sheds light on how origami uniquely fuses form and function, science and sculpture, ancient and new. Produced and directed by Vanessa Gould. Running time approximately 60 minutes.
In the meantime, here is another little film, 6 Artists: On Origami, 13-minutes long, specifically created by Green Fuse Films for the Mingei International Museum in connection with their origami exhibit in 2007.

Sites of some of the featured artists in the film:
Michael LaFosse
Eric Joisel
Paul Jackson
Robert J. Lang
Tom Hull

1 comment:

Russell Sutherland said...

This Independent film by Green Fuse Films, "Between the Folds", is an absolutely incredible documentary featuring the world's foremost and cutting-edge origami artists. It also features a nice segment on the late Arika Yoshizawa-san, who passed away in 2005. It pays homage to him for his essential contribution to the art form as we know it by standardizing diagramming so that books could be universally shared.

Among other issues, the film addresses the question of hyper-complexity vs artistry through simplicity of design.

The film also shows how origami is being used to restore peace in the world, and it gives hope to humanity for its practical applications in science research and development by informing us of the possibility of using it in the areas of AIDS research and other pandemic diseases.

Having viewed this documentary, I give it my full endorsement, and I encourage everyone to view it. Kudos to the producers.

Russell Sutherland