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Jaan Poldaas: New Work

Quebec Premiere

Jaan Poldaas: New Work

Patrick Barfoot

Canada | 2019 | 26 min
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Why would an artist choose to disappear at the height of their career? This is the question posed by director Patrick Barfoot. In Canada in 1998, minimalist and conceptual artist Jaan Poldaas enjoyed a reputation that rested on three decades of work. One year later, the artist vanished from the art world. In this short film rich in archival material, the director attempts to find answers from lessons on contemporary art and personal accounts from art professionals. A portrait of an enigmatic artist, Jaan Poldaas: New Work is also a shining homage.
Lift-Off Toronto Film Festival, Canada (2020)
Forest City Film Festival, Canada (2020)
Art Gallery of Ontario Film Festival, Canada (2020)
Mosaic Film Festival, Canada (2020)
Director Patrick Barfoot
Production Derrick O'Toole, Andrew Pel
Music Chris Hyde Harrison
Animation Earl Aspiras


Patrick Barfoot

Patrick Barfoot

Patrick Barfoots (Director/​Producer/​Editor) work has screened at film festivals worldwide, broadcasted regionally on Bell TV1 and TV Ontario, and nationally on CBC. His 2016 film The Constant Refugee” won Achievement in Documentary from the Enroute Film Festival and showcased at Jayu Film Festival, REELWorld Film Festival, Forest City Film Festival, and many others. In addition, his work as a documentary editor has had international acclaimed, with works premiering at Hot Docs 2015 and Sheffield Doc/​Fest 2018. As a filmmaker, Patrick is drawn to showcasing stories of unique and compelling individuals, while exploring the intimacy between his film’s subjects and the audience.

Biographical notes provided by the film production team

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