The Paper & Glue (94-minute) documentary will be shown Thursday, June 16, at 5:30 p.m., at Waterfall Arts. Admission is free and snacks will be provided.
Paper & Glue is a feature-length documentary that follows French artist JR around the globe as he builds some of his most monumental projects, challenging perspective and uniting communities through his thought-provoking work. From early illicit graffiti videos captured on Paris rooftops at night, to the US-Mexico border, to the favelas of Rio de Janeiro, to a collaboration at a California supermax prison, the film follows JR as he turns these communities inside out, turning images of residents into eye-catching and immersive art installations.
JR is a visual artist who exhibits freely in the streets of the world, pasting huge portraits of anonymous people in unexpected places. His work is about raising questions, seeking an encounter between the subject and the passer-by. JR was voted one of TIME Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in 2018. In his artist’s statement, he describes this film as one that “challenges viewers’ perceptions by lifting the voices of people and places that are often overlooked. The film is the culmination of years of my work.”
Dallas Brennan Rexar, who grew up in Waldo County, is the creative producer for Paper & Glue. Brennan Rexar has been producing award-winning feature-length documentaries, according to Waterfall Arts, in a news release. Rexar’s topics include No Woman, No Cry and Camp Victory, Afghanistan.
Paper & Glue is being offered as the culminating event of the Waldo Reads Together: One Book, One Community 2022 program that featured the book The Devil’s Highway by Luis Alberto Urrea. The film’s story of the massive US Mexico border installation of an “across-the-border” picnic gives additional perspective to those who read Urrea’s account of a failed mission to cross border by those promised farm work.
The WRT committee is exploring opportunities to create a Waldo County community paper and glue project that could lift “the voices of people and places that are often overlooked.”
Following the film’s presentation, film viewers will be invited to share their ideas about how to implement such a project.
The WRT committee thanks Darby’s for providing snacks and Waterfall Arts for the opportunity to present the film.
For more information about the film, go to www.paperandgluefilm.com. For more information about the local showing, contact Denise Pendleton, Literacy Volunteers of Waldo County at email@example.com or (207) 930-2436.