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GIFT: A Documentary Film Featuring Artist in Residence Lee Mingwei 

Sunday, September 18 @ 1:00 pm 3:00 pm

Grace Cathedral’s artist in residence in 2022 is Lee Mingwei, a phenomenal New York and Paris-based artist who creates engaging work infused with ritual and beauty. His work resists description — so please join us at a free screening of the documentary GIFT, which features several of his inimitable projects, and get to know his work before his residency, October 2-9.  The director, Robin McKenna, will join our dean, Malcolm Clemens Young, for a brief conversation following the screening. 

Registration is appreciated, but not required.

The Film 

Inspired by Lewis Hyde’s beloved classic “The Gift: Creativity and the Artist in the Modern World”, GIFT is a tribute to something that can’t be measured or counted, bought or sold. An intimate exploration of real-life gift economies, it’s a reflection on the creative process, the reasons we labor in service of our gifts, and a celebration of the imagination. 

In addition to wonderful segments on Lee’s works The Moving Garden, Sonic Blossom, The Mending Project, and Money for Art, GIFT also tells the stories of an “occupied museum” in Rome, a potlatch, and a San Francisco Burning Man installation. More about the film here.

“A beautiful, moving, and thought-provoking reflection on the creative process and the things that make us human.”
— Jonathan Lethem, novelist 

The Director 

Robin McKenna (Gaudete Films) is an award-winning director, producer and writer of creative, personal documentaries. Her feature documentary GIFT, inspired by Lewis Hyde’s classic bestseller The Gift, opened in theatres across the US and Canada in 2019 (“Elliptical, poetic, and visually arresting.” –The Boston Globe.) Her most recent film is Thanadoula, a short animated doc about an end-of-life doula brought to her calling through the loss of her beloved sister.Robin grew up in Montréal and began making films with La Course destination monde, travelling the world alone with a camera making short, poetic documentaries. As cinematographer, her credits include City of Borders (Berlinale, Hot Docs 2009) and The Take (AFI Best Documentary, 2004) with writer Naomi Klein, about Argentina’s worker-occupied factory movement. She has directed documentary series for networks in the US and Canada, and has worked as filmmaker-mentor in Indigenous communities. Currently, she’s working on several projects related to psychedelics and healing – including Medicine, a feature-length documentary about doctors working with ayahuasca, following Dr. Gabor Maté. 

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