For eight years, contemporary art filmmakers Wet Heat Project captured the roller-coaster journey of ambitious young conceptual artist Bert Rodriguez, pushing beyond his hometown borders to penetrate an international art market. The result is an adventurous feature film about a uniquely ambitious personality, and the elaborate, transforming world of conceptual art in which he's making his mark.
Whether he's cooking a traditional Cuban meal with his mother at art galleries around the world, manning a seamless white therapy cube to isolate and counsel visitors at the Whitney Biennial, or mounting a futures-market scheme to pre-sell artwork yet to be conceived, Rodriguez' practice continues to surprise himself as much as his viewers.
Appearing in this film with commentary on Rodriguez and the conceptual art experience include artist Marina Abramovic, artist Vito Acconci, artist Maria José Arjona, Deputy Chairman of Christie's Americas Amy Cappellazzo, C-Monster.net, Wall Street Journal art reporter Kelly Crow, New York Times reporter Susan Dominus, Whitney Biennial Curatorial Coordinator Stacey Goergen, artist Aramis Gutierrez, ARTnews Contributing Editor and Yale School of Art Senior Critic Steven Henry Madoff, clinical psychiatrist Dr. Scot McAfee, artist Manny Prieres, collector Andrew Reed, Art Production Fund Co-Founders Doreen Remen and Yvonne Force Villareal, New York Magazine Senior Art Critic Jerry Saltz, collectors Michael & Lisa Schweitzer, gallerist Fred Snitzer, and a selection of "therapy cube patients" from Rodriguez' Whitney Biennial installation / performance In the Beginning...
Left: Miami International Film Festival Director Jaie LaPlante, film director Bill Bilowit, artist Bert Rodriguez
Bottom Right: Miami International Film Festival premiere night at Miami's iconic Tower Theatre on Calle Ocho
Top Right: Film producer Grela Orihuela with artist Marina Abramovic, Core Club screening in New York
In-progress preview screenings of making sh*t up began with a hometown special screening at the 2011 Miami International Film Festival to a sold-out house. Later that year the preview was shown in a members-only screening at the Core Club in New York City and at the Miami Beach Cinematheque. The first west coast preview was screened November 16, 2011 at the West Hollywood Public Library, presented by the Los Angeles Art Association and its Director Peter Mays, followed that same week with a members-only screening at the Soho House West Hollywood.
New scenes chronicle the artist's recent resettlement in Los Angeles in 2013 and his upcoming farewell performances of "Bert Rodriguez" throughout 2016. In early 2017 making sh*t up will premiere with a genuine Hollywood ending.
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