Showing with closed or open captions. The intro and Q&A on April 30 will include ASL interpretation.
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Filmmaker and subject Ken Meyer suffers from the rare autoimmune disease systemic scleroderma—the same incurable illness as did celebrated Swiss-German artist and Bauhaus teacher Paul Klee. Connecting his corporeal experiences with Klee’s art, Meyer, a commercial art director, creates slick images that deepen our understanding of both Klee’s expressive work and being terminally sick. An earnest, vulnerable, and hopeful fusion of memoir and artist portrait, disease diary and research project, art history and life lesson, Angel Applicant is full of unexpected magic and uplift. What happened to Klee is happening to Meyer, and Klee’s œuvre is a source of comfort to Meyer, like a strange language of cryptic code, meant just for him, sent by an empathetic messenger showing him a defiant way forward through the pain. Klee’s paintings demonstrate that “not all of the unexplained is in need of explanation”: we don’t need to know the answers to keep going, we don’t need to avoid the unknown but embrace it, because the unknown is the essence of living. Angie Driscoll
Angel Applicant is streaming online May 5-9. Streaming is only available in Canada. The Blake is not available for streaming.