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Nominated for the Director's Guild of Canada Awards' Allan King Award for Excellence in Documentary Filmmaking, 2018
GIFt

A beautiful, moving, and thought-provoking reflection on the creative process and the things that make us human.”

-- Jonathan Lethem

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

Screenings

OPENS IN NEW YORK CITY ON FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11
NOTE: WITH SPECIAL ADVANCE SCREENING WITH AUTHOR LEWIS HYDE & DIRECTOR ROBIN MCKENNA IN-PERSON ON THE EVENING OF THURSDAY, OCTOBER 10
Quad Cinema
34 W. 13th Street, New York, NY 07470

OPENS IN LOS ANGELES ON FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11
Laemmle's Monica Film Center
1332 2nd Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401

OPENS IN THE SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA (MULTIPLE VENUES) ON FRIDAY, OCTOBER 25
Landmark's Opera Plaza Cinema
501 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94102
&
Smith Rafael Film Center
1118 4th Street, San Rafael, CA 94901
&
Landmark's Shattuck Cinemas
2230 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94704

OPENS IN BOSTON ON FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 1
Landmark's Kendall Square Cinema
1 Kendall Square, Cambridge, MA 02139

OPENS IN DENVER, WASHINGTON DC, SANTA FE, AND YORK PA ON FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 1

OPENS IN MINNEAPOLIS ON FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 8

Dozens More Markets Nationwide / Theaters TBA Soon