Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Between the Folds

It's a piece of paper. . . of course, it can't look like an elephant.

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to fold paper for a living?

The award-winning documentary Between the Folds tells the stories of 10 artists and theoretical scientists who, casting aside advanced degrees and careers, live to fold paper. As the stories demonstrate, the medium common to them all — origami —  draws on a mix of artistic, creative, and expressive sensibilities that intersect both art and science, often giving new meaning to the phrase "form and function" and to the word "real".

Here is the official trailer for Between the Folds:



Between the Folds aired on PSB's Independent Lens in December 2009. (You can find uploads of IL clips on YouTube; click here.) The film, from Green Fuse Films of Brooklyn, New York, was also part of an acclaimed national film series Community Cinema, which toured cities throughout the United States this past November.

A film-related blog is here.

A wonderful new interactive Website is here. You'll find there a history of origami, a behind-the-scenes look at how the film was made, information about the paper-folders, current news about the film, local broadcast listings, and even a match-the-folds game. Have fun! I did.

7 comments:

Joyce Wycoff said...

Maureen ... you find the most wonderful rabbit holes ... it may take me all day to get out of this one. Thank you!

Kelly Langner Sauer said...

incredible - this is so cool!

M.L. Gallagher said...

Okay, so that was fun -- and I obviously need to practise more! Like Joyce -- I may be in here for awhile.

thank you! What a find.

katdish said...

My mom is Japanese, so I grew up with paper balls and swans made out of scrap pieces of paper. Creating one thing anew from another. I love that kind of art, regardless of the medium. Really cool video, Maureen.

L.L. Barkat said...

going to check out some of the links. My Eldest arty girl LOVES origami.

S. Etole said...

My grandson loves to fold ... he teaches me ... much more than folding usually.

nAncY said...

very cool.
i will have to pass this on...