The Film

Inspired by Lewis Hyde’s beloved classic “The Gift: Creativity and the Artist in the Modern World”, GIFT is a tribute to something that can’t be measured or counted, bought or sold. An intimate exploration of real-life gift economies, it’s a reflection on the creative process, the reasons we labour in service of our gifts, and a celebration of the imagination.

The Book

By now a modern classic, The Gift is a brilliantly orchestrated defense of the value of creativity and of its importance in a culture increasingly governed by money and overrun with commodities. Widely available again after twenty-five years, this book is even more necessary today than when it first appeared. An illuminating and transformative book, and completely original in its view of the world, The Gift is cherished by artists, writers, musicians, and thinkers. It is in itself a gift to all who discover the classic wisdom found in its pages.


“The best book I know of for talented but unacknowledged creators. A masterpiece.”
—Margaret Atwood

“No one who is invested in any kind of art can read The Gift and remain unchanged.”
—David Foster Wallace

“Few books are such life-changers as The Gift: epiphany, in sculpted prose.”
—Jonathan Lethem


UPCOMING SCREENINGS (with filmmaker Robin McKenna):

US PREMIERE  San Francisco, Thurs, Nov 29 at the gorgeous Castro Theatre, with an introduction by John Law (Burning Man, Cacophony Society), and special guests Marina Gorbis (Institute for the Future) & Holly Million (Artists United).

Santa Cruz, CA, Monday Dec 3

Los Angeles (Santa Monica) Wed Dec 5 at the Laemmle Royal Theatre, with special guest artists Lili Haydn, Barbara Williams and DJ Wolfie

Boulder, CO, Sat Dec 8, Dairy Arts Center