You’re invited to the U.S. premiere of “GIFT,” a richly cinematic feature documentary about art and gifting following character-driven stories of real-life gift economies around the world, including Burning Man. Launching at the gorgeous Castro Theatre with filmmaker Robin McKenna and special guests, this benefit screening for Shareable will feature an interactive panel discussion and party after the screening. One night only on Nov. 29. The trailer and more information is below. Buy your tickets today to join a celebration of all that makes us human.
Inspired by Lewis Hyde’s beloved book, “The Gift: Creativity and the Artist in the Modern World,” “GIFT” is a richly cinematic film exploring the parallels between artists’ work and a gift economy. Interweaving the stories of a young Kwak’wakwala indigenous man undertaking preparations for a potlatch, an Italian living museum occupied by migrant families, a bumblebee art car at Burning Man, and artist Lee Mingwei sharing the “transformative gift” of song, the film is a tribute to something that can’t be measured, counted, bought or sold.
Artist and culture jammer John Law will introduce “GIFT” with a talk about the transformative power of and need for gifting and art in society. John has shaped or founded legendary cultural interventions such as Billboard Liberation Front, Suicide Club, Cacophony Society, and Burning Man.
- The screening will be followed by an interactive panel discussion with director Robin McKenna, artists Michelle “Smallfry” Lessans (featured in the film), Marina Gorbis of the Institute for the Future, Holly Million of Artists United, and John Law.
- Join us afterwards for drinks and an afterparty in the mezzanine.
In the spirit of the movie and book, you’re invited to bring a gift to share for one person or many, be it an experience or small items. And dress creatively / in costume… if you’re so inspired!
All attendees get a free ebook, “Sharing Cities: Activating the Urban Commons,” published earlier this year by event co-host Shareable. It’s a 275 page guide to urban regeneration through sharing. Normally $9.99 on Amazon.
A portion of ticket proceeds will be donated to Shareable, a local nonprofit media outlet and global action network that empowers people to share for a more resilient, equitable, and joyful world. Learn more at Shareable.net.
Join the GIFT street team. This independent film with a vital message for today needs your help. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to learn how you can contribute.