Breaking the Frame


Year: 2012
Country: CANADA
Run Time: 100 minutes

A densely-textured experimental film, BREAKING THE FRAME weaves the art of ground-breaking feminist Carolee Schneemann into footage of her journals and paintings in order to capture the multi-dimensionality of her work. Schneemann, a central figure in 20th century avant-garde movements, is not only a painter, poet, installation artist, and filmmaker, but also a pioneer of performance art who expanded the very definition of art to include discourses on the body and gender. Filmmaker Nitoslawska and artist Schneemann have both been censured for focusing on woman-generated porn as they have undertaken an exploration of the viewer's relationship to nature and sexuality. Canadian TV network Telequebec financed "Bad Girl," Nitoslawska's unblinking look at the porn industry, only to ban it from being broadcast. And Schneemann's "Meat Joy," "Fuses," and "Interior Scroll," with their uninhibited sex and emphasis on new ways of seeing the female body, proved too much for many audiences in the 60s and 70s. Carolee Schneemann's progressive visions continue to explode our frame of reference about women's art. – B.B.

Marielle Nitoslawska

Marielle Nitoslawska

Marielle Nitoslawska

Marielle Nitoslawska

Monique Dartonne

Director Bio
Marielle Nitoslawska graduated from the Polish National Film School in Lodz and began teaching in the Film Production Program at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema in Quebec in 1989. As a director and a cinematographer, her research and studio practice focus on new approaches to documentary filmmaking.

Select Filmography
Bad Girl (2002), BREAKING THE FRAME (2012)

Print Source

Picture Palace Pictures

Film Sponsor

Toby Devan Lewis

Community Partner

SPACES Gallery

Transformer Station

Media Partner

CAN Journal

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