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Eno // RENTAL

Dates with showtimes for Eno // RENTAL
  • Wed, May 8
  1. 6:30 pm

Director: Gary Hustwit Run Time: 100 min. Release Year: 2024

Starring: Brian Eno

Tickets available here

THE EXPERIENCE & FILM

The Portland Premiere performance of Gary Hustwit’s new generative documentary, created live in real time.

Visionary musician and artist Brian Eno — known for producing David Bowie, U2, Talking Heads, among many others; pioneering the genre of ambient music; and releasing over 40 solo and collaboration albums — reveals his creative processes in this groundbreaking generative documentary: a film that’s different every time it’s shown.

“Eno” utilizes a first-of-its-kind generative software system developed by Hustwit and digital artist Brendan Dawes to combine new interviews with Eno’s rich archive of hundreds of hours of never-before-seen footage and unreleased music. Each screening of Eno is unique, presenting different scenes, order, music, and meant to be experienced live. The generative and infinitely iterative quality of “Eno” poetically resonates with the artist’s own creative practice, his methods of using technology to compose music, and his endless deep dive into the mercurial essence of creativity.

“Partly a piece of art, partly an experiment in technology, ‘Eno’ is a film that changes with every screening” -The Wrap
“Groundbreaking.” -Rolling Stone
“Sleek, seamless, and compelling” -Variety

The version of “Eno” shown at this event will be created live and will never be seen again.

Post-film Q&A with Gary Hustwit and special guests.

ONSTAGE: Gary Hustwit

Gary Hustwit is a filmmaker and visual artist based in New York. He has produced over 20 documentaries and film projects, including the award-winning I Am Trying To Break Your Heart about the band Wilco; Oddsac, an experimental feature film by the band Animal Collective; and Mavis!, the HBO documentary about gospel/soul music legend Mavis Staples. Gary worked with punk label SST Records in the late-1980s, releasing the music of bands like Black Flag, Sonic Youth, and Dinosaur Jr. He ran the independent book publishing house Incommunicado Press during the 1990s, and started the DVD label Plexifilm in 2001. With Plexifilm, Gary released over 40 films theatrically and on home video, including work by the Maysles brothers, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Andy Warhol and David Byrne.

In 2007 he made his directorial debut with Helvetica, the world’s first feature-length documentary about graphic design and typography. He has continued to explore how design affects our daily lives with his subsequent films Objectified (2009), Urbanized (2011), Workplace (2016), and Rams (2018). The films have been broadcast on PBS, BBC, HBO, Netflix and outlets in 20 countries, and have been screened in over 300 cities worldwide. His most recent project is Eno, a documentary about musician and artist Brian Eno, which uses generative technology in its creation and exhibition. Eno premiered at the 2024 Sundance Film Festival.

Gary’s films have premiered at Sundance, the South by Southwest Film Festival, and the Toronto International Film Festival, among others. He was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Helvetica, and has served on the grand juries of the Sundance Film Festival, the IFP Gotham Awards, and the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival. Gary was named one of the 100 Most Creative People in Business by Fast Company. He is a member of the Documentary Branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

His film and photographic work has been featured in exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art New York, Smithsonian Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum, Design Museum London, the Venice Biennale, Paul Kasmin Gallery New York, Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Storefront for Art and Architecture New York, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Korea, and the Colette Gallery in Paris, among others.

He’s obsessed with guitars and is a design collaborator at the electric guitar company Koll. Gary is also part of The Olympic City, a slow-photojournalism project which looks at the afterlife of former Olympic host cities.

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