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Tony Conrad Documentary: Completely in the Present

  • Princess Cinema 6 Princess Street West Waterloo, ON Canada (map)

In conjunction with the Guelph Film Festival, we are pleased to present this feature documentary about the pioneering life and works of this legendary artist, musician and educator. Those of us who had the good fortune to see Mr. Conrad perform at Open Ears back in 2011 will remember his signature immersive droning wall of sound and his commanding, focused presence.

Sometimes referred to as the Bill Murray of the Avant Garde, Tony Conrad is one the great American artists of our time, yet to the world at large he remains virtually unknown. Since the early 1960s, Conrad’s films and musical compositions have been the stuff of legend.Conrad was an early member of the Velvet Underground; he toured with Sonic Youth in the ’90s; collaborated with contemporary artists such as Tony Oursler and Mike Kelley; and has spent decades re-wiring generations of young minds as a professor and media personality in Buffalo, New York. His vast conceptual multimedia repertoire has challenged the very foundations of art, film and music and questioned entire belief systems.

This definitive film places Tony Conrad’s fifty years of influence at the forefront and explore his profound impact on generations of artists. Combining intimate footage of Tony and his collaborators shot over the last twenty years, his own archive of recordings and films, and interviews with fans and colleagues, the film reveals not only a playful approach to life and art making but one that is motivated by a deep sense of powerful, political radicalism.

This is a "Pay What You Can" event. Note: The cinema is not wheelchair accessible.