Levitated Mass


Year: 2013
Country: USA
Run Time: 89 minutes

It’s not a bird! It’s not a plane! It’s Super Rock! LEVITATED MASS, a sculpture of monolithic proportions 40+ years in the making, was conceptualized by Californian artist Michael Heizer and finally realized with the transportation and arrival of its key component, a 340-ton granite boulder. The seclusive Heizer is known for his land art and “negative” sculptures, using the earth’s natural landscape to create illusions. The journey of this visually minimalistic piece took a mammoth group effort and years of planning, culminating in an 11-day journey—unearthed from the desert and carted 105 miles through 22 cities at a pace of 5 mph to its current home at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Even the logistics of the rock’s pilgrimage was a work of art—custom building a 200-wheeled transporter, removing traffic signals and streetlights, and taking down electrical wires in order for it to fit down the streets. LEVITATED MASS isn’t just a rock; it’s a tribute to the dedication and perseverance of an art project, no matter the size. —A.L.P.

CIFF38 Screenings

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at 4:30 PM

Thursday, March 27, 2014 at 6:00 PM

  • Screening @ Akron Art Museum

Friday, March 28, 2014 at 2:15 PM

Film Is Art

Documentary Features
Recommended for Middle School +

Nesnadny + Schwartz Documentary Competition

Doug Pray

Jamie Patricof

Chris Chomyn, Doug Pray, Edwin Pendleton Stevens

Doug Pray

Director Bio
Raised in Madison, Wisconsin, Doug Pray has a B.A. in Sociology from Colorado College and an M.F.A. from UCLA's School of Film and Television. His 2009 film "Art & Copy" won an Emmy for Outstanding Arts & Cultural Programming. He currently resides in Los Angeles with his family.

Select Filmography
"Hype!" (1996), "Scratch" (2000)—25th CIFF, "Infamy" (2005), "Big Rig" (2007), "Surfwise" (2008), "Art & Copy" (2009)—33rd CIFF, LEVITATED MASS (2013)

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Sculpture Center


Media Partner

CAN Journal

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