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Desert X 2021 – The Film

Desert X 2021 – The Film is a documentary and a filmic catalog to allow audiences from around the world to enjoy and understand the recent Desert X exhibition in the Coachella Valley. Screenings will take place in Rancho Mirage and Los Angeles. Tickets are free.

In 56 minutes, Desert X 2021 – The Film goes behind the scenes of the exhibition, which was curated by artistic director Neville Wakefield with co-curator César García-Alvarez. It offers atypical insight into the commissioned works by the 12 participating artists from eight countries who were invited by the curators to explore the desert as both a place and idea, and to look deeply at current ideas and societal movements – those essential to the sustenance of our future and identity– and to the histories, realities and possibilities of the Coachella Valley and its communities.

The film, which will be broadcast later in the year on PBS, offers intimate visits to the artists’ studios in Ghana, Germany, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, Colombia, United Kingdom, Guatemala; and the USA. Learn about the artists’ processes and the topics they chose to explore, among them the Native American Land Back movement, climate change and water rights, histories of feminism and the urgent issues facing Black lives. This documentary is at once a record of the past tumultuous 18 months through the eyes and voices of some of the most well-known artists and a timely piece that poses urgent questions about the past while imagining the possibilities of a shared future.

Desert X 2021 – The Film
USA / 56 minutes
Directed by Dylan Robertson and produced by Zoe Lukov for Desert X.
The Executive Producer is Richard Mille. The film will premiere on November 3 on KCET as part of KCET’s original series ARTBOUND.

Screenings

World Premiere
Sunday, October 17
7:00 – 8:30 pm PST
Rancho Mirage Amphitheater
71560 San Jacinto Drive, Rancho Mirage, CA 92270

The film screening will be followed by a panel and Q & A with Co-curator César García-Alvarez, film producer Zoe Lukov, film director Dylan Robertson, Desert X 2021 artist Kim Stringfellow, and Artistic Director Neville Wakefield.

Preview Screening at The Getty Center
Sunday, October 24
4:30 – 6:00 pm PST
The Getty Center
Harold M. Williams Auditorium
1200 Getty Center Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90049

The film screening will be followed by a panel with Desert X 2021 Co-curator César García-Alvarez, film producer Zoe Lukov, film Director Dylan Robertson, Desert X 2021 artist Kim Stringfellow. The panel will be moderated by Desert X Board Vice President Dr. Steven A. Nash.
Click here to reserve your free tickets

Limited time 24hr Online Preview
Friday October 29, 12:00 pm – Saturday October 30, 12:00 pm
All times are in Pacific Time
Free online screening at desertx.org

The film’s broadcast premiere will take place on November 3, 2021 as part of KCET’s original series ARTBOUND.