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An avant-garde documentary about self-expression and self-publishing.
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An avant-garde documentary about self-expression and self-publishing. An exploration of purpose, determination and the creative psyche.

ART BOOKS is an extension of filmmaker Claire Cottrell’s BOOK STAND conversations that began in 2009 with Magnum photographer Martin Parr.

Shot in eight countries and four languages, the short film and companion series features emerging artists, photographers, publishers, bookmakers, curators, editors and champions of the printed page.

The BOOK STAND conversations began in 2009 with a call to Magnum photographer Martin Parr's flat in London. Since then, Claire has spoken with a photographer collaborating with Maison Martin Margiela, a University of Chicago professor and Guggenheim Fellow, the founder of a tiny Norwegian press, the creators of cult publication MANY OF THEM, a photographer trying to stop time, a French artist making books by hand for the TATE Modern, et. al.  

Look through the archive of conversations in the BOOK STAND Journal:

Martin Parr

Antonio Macarro and Pedro Canicoba

Johanna Tagada

Laía Argüelles

Elena Allyon

Jessica Williams

Sylvain-Emmanuel .P

Laura Letinsky

Who is making this documentary ?

Claire Cottrell is the director.

Saul Germaine is the producer.

Cast ?

Two free-thinkers creating a space for discussion.

A German publishing icon with an eye for new talent.

A French interdisciplinary artist and a traveler.

A tiny publisher in Oslo.

A Spanish printmaker, photographer and book artist.

The creators of an independent and international publication documenting inspiring people from diverse creative backgrounds.

Et. al

The participants are uniquely edited, a cross-section of creative minds united by a relentless pursuit of self expression.

The Locations ?

Berlin, San Sebastián, Zaragoza, Stockholm, Copenhagen, London, Oslo, Los Angeles, Paris and New York City.

The approach to filmmaking ?

Intimate and immediate. 

These are visual stories about creative lives and the way they're lived. There are no traditional interviews. The film is unscripted, but the guiding concept is the exploration of the creative psyche. The camera is unobtrusive. We spend time in each story. We tell the story together. We answer the question: why do we create ?

It's a Dogme film. We bring nothing in but the camera and a sound recorder. The camera is hand-held. There is no special lighting. We work with time of day. The film is here and now. We capture a story that's not only intimate and authentic, but also beautiful.

The look ?

Intimate and poetic.

How will the funds be spent ?

Travel and Accommodation throughout Europe 

Arri Alexa Camera Package 

Vintage Cooke Panchro Lenses  

Logmar Super 8 Camera 

Basic Grip and Electric 

Audio Technician and Equipment 

Production Assistance

Hard Drives

Why should I support ART BOOKS ?

The stories deserve high level filmmaking. 

We will represent the participants in the way that they want to be represented.   

We won't have to answer to a brand, a network or a studio. 

You'll be supporting independent publishing, self-publishing and the growing community that's giving them life.

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PRESS

"Claire lends her light-saturated touch to all genres of things—lives, homes, clothes, words, dance." - Tin House

"A Quirky Little Bookshop in Cyberspace." - T: The New York Times Style Magazine

"[Claire's] creative projects, photography and films feel intimate, like hand-written letters shared between friends." - Smashbox Studios

"Founder of LA’s Book Stand Claire Cottrell shows us her most treasured tomes." - It's Nice That

"Claire recently opened up an online art book store called Book Stand, which specializes in artists’ books, zines, high concept publications and limited-run films, and caters to those looking for inspiration and unique visual pleasures." - Freunde von Freunden

"There were some 50-plus folks chilling in a grove of old-growth trees browsing the wares displayed ceremoniously on matching hand-dyed linen blankets... I ate a warm, white peach, drank water with essence of orange and smoked paprika. I paid by credit card, and as I left I was struck by how different this scene was from the usual LA sprawl." - VICE

"2:00 P.M. Sell books. Discuss Robert Mapplethorpe’s black-and-white flower photos with owner of three originals who lives next door to my old apartment on Ocean Avenue. Discuss Anne Schwalbe and self-publishing with Luciano, a photographer. Discuss ikebana with Kristin, owner IKO IKO.... 1:30 P.M. Talk to photographer (and Alec Soth’s studio manager) Carrie Elizabeth Thompson about Little Brown Mushroom, Roosterfish, and the idea of home... 3:00 P.M. Meet Eva from Bad Day. Pick up RAM catalog. Discuss community garden zines with Aya, of Rain or Shine Books, manning the Nieves stand." - the Paris Review

"Fictional monochrome artist book making tell [Claire] two things: make things up, and make things." - Poor Claudia

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ABOUT CLAIRE / BOOK STAND

 A film director with 12+ years of experience in advertising and creative marketing, Claire has contributed award-winning film direction and creative direction to brands the likes of Apple, Sony, Samsung, Mercedes-Benz, Expedia and Nissan, to name a few. Claire has directed commercial projects for American Express, Visa, Dell, Samsung, Motorola, Dove and Acura, among others.

Claire has contributed to a number of high profile media properties on the subjects of architecture, art, fashion and design including The Atlantic, the Paris Review and the cultural news and critique site, Flavorpill. She is the Los Angeles editor for the Berlin-based international interview magazine, Freunde von Freunden.

Claire is the founder of BOOK STAND, an ongoing art and retail project supporting emerging artists and independent publishing. Headquartered in Downtown Los Angeles, BOOK STAND has participated in the LA Art Book Fair at MOCA and Arts ReStore LA, an initiative by the Hammer Museum. BOOK STAND has collaborated with The Standard Hotel, Vitra, iKO iKO, Building Block and APIECE APART.

Her work has been featured in T: The New York Times Style Magazine, Vogue, Purple Fashion and VICE.

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ABOUT SAUL / MANALI PICTURES

 

SAUL GERMAINE is a creative producer working in feature film, commercial broadcast and digital content advertising. 

Saul has produced commercial projects for Coca Cola, Motorola, Acura, Toyota, General Motors, AT&T and Nike to name a few. He has worked with BBDO, JWT, TBWA\​Chiat\​Day, Saatchi & Saatchi, Grey and more.

Saul is the founder of MANALI PICTURES. He produced EVERYTHING BEAUTIFUL IS FAR AWAY, a pop-art sci-fi feature starring Joseph Cross and Julia Garner and directed by Pete Ohs and Andrea Sisson. Shot on location in the Algodones Dunes and the Central Coast of California, the project combined method filmmaking with resourcefulness in extreme conditions and high-level production value. 

Saul was raised in the woods of the Pacific Northwest. He lived in South Asia and studied classical carnatic percussion. He traveled through the Himalayas on a motorbike and meditated with the Dalai Lama. He lives in East Los Angeles.

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Adverse weather conditions in the Scandinavian region.

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