31 March 2015
"ART OF DARKNESS"
Available on iTunes, Vimeo On Demand (click to watch), and Google Play in select countries:
On March 30, 1995 artist Bryan Lewis Saunders decided to do a self portrait every day for the rest of his life. Twenty years later, he has never missed a day. Art of Darkness, a feature film documentary on Bryan’s incredible journey is now available internationally*. Many people will know Bryan from his “drug series” of self portraits where, as a month long art experiment, he drew himself under the influence of a myriad of mind-altering drugs. But that’s only a small part; a glimpse into Bryan Lewis Saunders’ mesmerizing journey through the Art of Darkness. *AVAILABLE IN SELECT COUNTRIES on iTunes, Google Play and Vimeo On Demand. Visit www.artofdarknessfilm.com for more details.
PRESS & REVIEWS:
FESTIVALS AND AWARDS:
Artist Bryan Lewis Saunders has painted a self-portrait every single day since 1995.
In 1995, artist and performer Bryan Lewis Saunders completed a self-portrait. He has continued to do so for every day of his life that followed, resulting in an astonishing collection of over 10,000 self-portraits to date. In 2001, he spent 11 days drawing portraits under the influence of nearly every known perception-altering narcotic. He shows no signs of slowing down, speculating that only a coma would prevent him creating that day’s painting.
Filmmaker David Parker deftly captures Saunders’ manic energy and his flair for the creative arts. Refreshingly unpretentious and sincere, Saunders opens up about his past troubles with the law and is happy in sharing the stories behind his artwork and the events that inspired each piece. He acknowledges art as a form of therapy and believes it is a way of dealing with darkness and desperation – going as far as to teach himself Chinese to go to China to be a stand-up comedian, before deciding there are too many stand-up comedians in the world and inventing stand-up tragedy.
The Art of Darkness is a fascinating documentary for existing fans of Bryan Lewis Saunders’ work and an informative induction to newcomers alike.
OTHER FILM FESTIVALS:
Kansas International Film Festival (KIFF)
Glenwood Arts Theater, Oct 15, 5:40PM
Orlando Film Festival (OFF) 2014
Oct. 24th 9:30pm at Theatre 8
Rendezvous with Madness Film Festival (RWM) 2014
Friday Nov. 14th 9:30pm at TIFF Bell Lightbox Toronto, Canada
International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA)
Atlanta International Documentary Film Festival
2014 Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF)
Friday December 5th, 11:00am at Melia Nassau Beach Resort
2015 Beloit International Film Festival (BIFF)
February 20th - March 1st