ROBERT WILLIAMS MR. BITCHIN’
THE ART AND INFLUENCE OF ROBERT WILLIAMS – A DOCUMENTARY
Winner –Best Documentary at Comic-Con Int’l Independent Film Fest.
Screening at The Egyptian at The American Cinematheque
And coming to DVD and Digital Platforms later this month!
LOS ANGELES, CA (July 15, 2013) The Zap Comix anti-hero R. Crumb says of Robert Williams: “He’s an art hero, that’s the truth!” This irreverent documentary delivers insight into multiple American counter-cultures by following the great American artist and underground legend Robert Williams. From Hot Rods to Punk and Metal, from LSD to the top of the art world, the influential paintings of Robert Williams defied categorization until they became their own art movement. ROBERT WILLIAMS MR BITCHIN’ recently won “Best Documentary” at the Comic Con International Film Festival and will have a Special Screening on July 30th at the American Cinematheque’s Egyptian Theatre in Los Angeles Soon after, the film will be released nationwide on DVD and video on demand (VOD) platforms by Cinema Libre Studio.
“There’s pop art and then there’s art that makes your eyeballs pop out and scream—that’s where Robert Williams comes in… After forty-some years, they finally made a movie about this true-blue American ass-kicker.” – Chris Ziegler, OC Weekly
“His significant contribution to fine art was rediscovering classical figurative painting techniques and reintroducing them to an American audience with a revolutionary twist – it came to be called “Low-Brow”… Derided and degraded for decades by the contemporary art establishment, he rose to the top with a commitment to using the visual vocabulary of the cartoon as a realistic painting, rendered with precision and unlimited imagination.”– Mat Gleason in Juxtapoz Magazine (2009)
“The best movie about an artist I’ve ever seen.” – Ed Ruscha, artist
Whether you are a fine art fanatic or a low brow luddite, ROBERT WILLIAMS MR. BITCHIN’ is one hell of a ride into the evolution of contemporary art. Including archival footage by friend and famed photographer CR Stecyk the film features: Suzanne Williams, Don Ed Hardy, Debbie Harry, Anthony Kiedis, Ed “Big Daddy” Roth, Slash, George DiCaprio, Mat Gleason, Axl Rose, Tony Schafrazi and Artie Shaw.
The feature documentary was directed and edited by Mary C. Reese and co-directed by Nancye Ferguson (Flying with the Angels), Doug Blake, Stephen Nemeth and Michael LaFetra. Ferguson, Blake (The Sessions) and LaFetra (Night Train) also served as producers and Nemeth (The Sessions, Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas) executive produced with Charles Solomon Jr. (Nate & Margaret) co-executive producing. An official selection at the Big Sky Film Festival, it has also screened at MoMA, MOCA, OCMA, LACMA and Art Miami-Basel.
SYNOPSIS: Robert Williams was an artist in search of a movement. A prolific oil painter whose painstakingly detailed work often featured naked women, death, destruction, booze and clowns, he didn’t quite fit the fine art mold. In the early 1960s he was confronted with trendy abstraction and superficial pop art. Schooled in the Hot Rod Culture of Ed “Big Daddy” Roth and Von Dutch, he emerged as a leader in the Underground Comic revolution along with R. Crumb, contributing regularly to Zap Comix. His antisocial paintings of an alternative reality were marginalized by the art world for decades although he became a hero of sorts for underground artists. His notoriety exploded when his painting Appetite for Destruction was used (and much vilified) as the cover for that 1987 Guns N’ Roses’ album.
When he started Juxtapoz Magazine in 1994, his movement found him. Legions of artists looking for a place within the contemporary art world for their cartoonish realism identified with his “LowBrow” aesthetic. At the time, Williams predicted that “Low brow and alternative art are the crack in the dam and with this leak the art world will never be the same.”
By 2010 the art world could ignore him no longer and he was included in the prestigious Whitney Biennial at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. ROBERT WILLIAMS MR. BITCHIN documents this influential artist as he rises to the top of the art world, always an outsider.
An irreverent, convention-defying tale of life and art as lived by a maverick in the contemporary art world.
TECHNICAL DETAILS: USA | Documentary | Unrated | 85 minutes | Directed by Mary C. Reese | CLS 1176
| 881394117624| | In English
DVD SPECIAL FEATURES
- Photo Gallery of Robert Williams’ Art
Film Stills: www.mrbitchin.com/mediaroom
Clips & trailer album on Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/album/2405369
- Tuesday, July 30 – Screening at 7:30pm at the American Cinematheque’s Egyptian Theatre (6712 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, CA 90028). Q&A to follow with Robert Williams, Suzanne Williams and filmmakers Nancye Ferguson, Stephen Nemeth, Mary C. Reese, Doug Blake, Michael LaFetra and special guests! Details: http://www.americancinemathequecalendar.com/content/robert-williams-mr-bitchin%E2%80%99-0
- DVD and VOD street date – July 30th available at major retail outlets and digital platforms (Hulu, Amazon Instant and more!)
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