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Mapplethorpe

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Interloper Films
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Matt Smith as Robert Mapplethorpe

The photographer Robert Mapplethorpe wanted to be more than just a photographer. He wanted to be a modern master. A new film offers a portrait of the artist who, at the height of his craft, flirted with self-destruction.

RadioWest divider.

Monday, we’re talking about the photographer Robert Mapplethorpe. Thirty years after his death, his work continues to challenge and inspire. He wanted, he said, not simply to be “Mapplethorpe the photographer.” He wanted to be “a modern Michelangelo.” A new film by the director Ondi Timoner offers a portrait of the artist who, at the height of his craft, flirted continuously with self-destruction. Timoner joins us to talk about it.

Ondi Timoner is a documentary filmmaker and the director the films DigWe Live in Public, and Brand: A Second Coming. Her first scripted feature film is called Mapplethorpe

On Tuesday, October 16, at 7 p.m., the Utah Film Center is screening Mapplethorpe at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Theatre in downtown Salt Lake City. Timoner will be there for a Q&A after the film. DETAILS

And on Monday, October 15, at 7 p.m., Timoner will join filmmaker Madeleine Olnek for a Q&A about the challenges a biopic movie. Olnek is the director of the feature film Wild Nights with Emily, which we're showing that evening as part of our Through the Lens series, our partnership with the Film Center. DETAILS

Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
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