The Canadian Art Foundation Reel Artists Film Festival is North America's only film festival devoted to documentaries on visual art and artists.

In this video, taped on the opening night of the 2012 Reel Artists Film Festival in Toronto, Ann Webb, Executive Director of the Canadian Art Foundation, speaks with Jeff Dupre, producer of Marina Abramović The Artist Is Present, Matthew Akers, director of Marina Abramović The Artist Is Present and Marina Abramović, artist. The Canadian premiere of Marina Abramović The Artist Is Present occurred at this Opening Night Screening and Celebration, which took place on February 22, 2012.

Legendary performance artist Marina Abramović has challenged the way people think about art for nearly 40 years. Marina Abramović The Artist Is Present looks back on Abramović’s prolific career, and it follows her as she prepares herself and a group of artists for a major retrospective of her work at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

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The Reel Artists Film Festival is presented by the Canadian Art Foundation. Our mission is to promote the understanding and appreciation of the visual arts in Canada by providing an informative, provocative and lively forum for audiences to engage with artists and their works. For more information about our programs, please visit

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