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Press Release: Art21 Film Selected for Full Frame Documentary Film Festival

 Media Contact
Hannah DeGarmo
Manager of Communications
[email protected] 

Art21’s “Kameelah Janan Rasheed: The Edge of Legibility” selected for Full Frame Documentary Film Festival

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, March 31, 2022

New York, New York – Art21 is proud to announce “Kameelah Janan Rasheed: The Edge of Legibility,” from its award-winning New York Close Up digital series, has been announced as an official selection for the 25th annual Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, taking place online April 7-10, 2022. Considered one of the premiere documentary film festivals in the US, this highly selective festival accepted just 15 total short films out of nearly 1,000 submissions for 2022.

“Text has this illusion of comprehensiveness,” says Kameelah Janan Rasheed. “Even if you’ve read something once, it doesn’t mean that you understand it.“ Immersed in books since childhood, acclaimed text-based artist Kameelah Janan Rasheed is fascinated by the written word and its power to both define and destabilize how we understand the world. The film explores the artist’s expansive ideas and miniaturist process in her Brooklyn home studio.

“Making this piece about Kameelah Janan Rasheed was an exciting challenge, particularly in the midst of COVID and being confined in locations,” says Carrie Hawks, Director of “Kameelah Janan Rasheed: The Edge of Legibility.” “We turned that into an asset with brilliant cinematography (thanks, Rose!)—really getting into the details of Kameelah’s work and process, which is integral to the art itself.”

New York Close Up (NYCU) is devoted to capturing early career artists living and working in New York City. NYCU films have been accepted and honored by over 100 film festivals including the BlackStar and DOC NYC film festivals as well as the Academy Awards qualifying Big Sky Documentary Film Festival. NYCU films have also been honored with 2 Webby Award nominations and 5 Vimeo Staff Picks. Most recently, NYCU films have been accepted at the 2022 Miami Film Festival.

Tune in to “Kameelah Janan Rasheed: The Edge of Legibility” during the online festival at https://www.fullframefest.org. This film, and Art21’s entire catalog, is also available on Art21.org and on Art21’s YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/art21org. To learn more email Art21 Manager of Communications, Hannah DeGarmo, at [email protected]

About Art21

Art21 is a celebrated global leader in presenting thought-provoking and sophisticated content about contemporary art, and the go-to place to learn first-hand from the artists of our time. A nonprofit organization, Art21’s mission is to inspire a more creative world through the works and words of contemporary artists. Learn more at Art21.org.