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‘A Film About A Fort’

August 1, 2013
Maui Weekly

"A Film About a Fort" will screen on Friday, Aug. 2, at 6 p.m., in the McCoy Studio Theater at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center (MACC).

The documentary captured by award-winning filmmaker Bryan Bangerter explores the creation of an installation--a giant fort--created by artist Wes Bruce at the California Center for the Arts in Escondido.

In constructing the fort, Bruce concerned himself with a variety of themes. Among them were, the effect created by objects in relationship to one another, abandoned homes, and the creation of curiosity and wonder.

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Filmmaker Bryan Bangerter (left) and artist Wes Bruce will present “A Film About a Fort” on Friday, Aug. 2, at The MACC’s McCoy Studio Theater.

Upon completion of the final product, Bruce created a space where those themes could literally be explored. Patrons crawled through hidden doors to rooms behind the fireplace, looked at maps of the moon, and typed secrets on old typewriters. The fort became a place where forgotten feelings were remembered and childhood memories were exhumed.

The fort had an almost inexplicably profound impact on the artist as well as the community surrounding him.

Although the fort has been disassembled, this film captures its essence and its impacts. He not only explored the practical aspect of conceptualization and construction, but also the emotional fallout of the project. The film does more than simply recount a sequence of events--it captures some of the spirit of the artist, and allows the viewer to build a fort with him.

The film will be followed by a question-and-answer session with both presenters.

Bruce is The MACC's first artist-in-residence. "Taken By Wonder," his photos of Maui, will be exhibited in the Schaefer International Gallery from Sept. 8 to Nov. 2.



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