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2018 NEXT Section Sundance Trading Card Series: #6. Vivian Bang (White Rabbit)

2018 NEXT Section Sundance Trading Card Series: #6. Vivian Bang (White Rabbit)

Eric Lavallee: Name me three of your favorite “2017 discoveries”.
Vivian Bang: The Third Industrial Revolution – Office of Jeremy Rifkin

Naomi Klein’s : NO IS NOT ENOUGH / to resisting Trump’s Shock Politics

Alfonsina y el Mar: Song by Mercedes Sosa about an Argentine radical poet from 1920-1930’s who killed herself by the sea …

RADICAL WOMEN: LATIN AMERICAN ART 1960-1985 art show at the Hammer Museum. Blew my mind about the dense feminist heritage

Lavallee: On paper, Sophia appears to be an amalgamation of progressive discourses on how the artist can no longer be subjugated by cultural, identity and art community politics. Could you briefly describe her DNA, her drive, where does this fire from within come from?
Bang: I think Sophia has always had a bit of resistance to the dominant cultural paradigms and oversimplified narratives. She’s a bit of an anarchist but without the labels. She is a truth seeker, calling out marginalized history & asking uncomfortable questions. Only when we can call out our fears, & have dialogues, can it no longer have power over us. So she’s given this permission to herself to be unapologetic in her quest for answers.  She’s a pure artist. Medium of sorts.

Vivian Bang (White Rabbit)

Lavallee: This is a fusion-like collaboration with Daryl. What were some eureka moments on his part in terms of the screenwriting process?
Bang: Wow, I feel like the whole journey of this film were eureka moments. From the moment of creating a performance piece called “CAN YOU HEAR ME?”  and having Daryl Wein in the audience truly hear me and want to further collaborate on this film/ asking about the artist’s personal struggles was a great discovery.  I told him how after my performance piece, I had some anti-blackness questions raised and how I would love to further that dialogue of inclusion.  And Daryl had the idea.

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Vivian Bang (White Rabbit)

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist and critic at (founded in 2000). Eric is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson's This Teacher (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022 he served as a New Flesh Comp for Best First Feature at the 2022 Fantasia Intl. Film Festival. Current top films for 2022 include 1976 (Manuela Martelli), Godland (Hlynur Pálmason), Corsage (Marie Kreutzer), All That Breathes (Shaunak Sen).

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