Nao Bustamante at 2010 Sundance

Nao Bustamante at 2010 Sundance

Date posted: 2010-01-20 16:01:00

photo credit: Eleanor Goldsmith

Filmmaker and artist Nao Bustamante returns to 2010 Sundance with a deliciously outrageous and ambitious new live performance celebrating legendary underground filmmaker Jack Smith.

Silver and Gold

USA, Performance Running Time: 40 minutes

Sundance Highlight


Silver & Gold combines film, live performance, and original costumes into a self-proclaimed "filmformance" that evokes the muse of legendary filmmaker Jack Smith and his tribute to 1940s Dominican movie starlet Maria Montez in a magical and joyfully twisted exploration of race, glamour, sexuality, and the silver screen.

In this performance event she alternates between action and live narration of an 8 minute film projection. Stirred by iconic underground filmmaker Jack Smith, Bustamante interprets Smith's muse: 1940s Dominican movie starlet Maria Montez. Honing-in on Smith's interest in Hollywood's obsession with the reproduction of the exotic, Bustamante will embody Miss Montez. Using video and the body as a source of backdrop, narrative, and emotion, she takes the spectator on a bizarre and radical journey finding a new bejeweled body part, which is at once her curse and oracle. This new performance is the fruit of a commission by the LIVE FILM/ Jack Smith festival, co-organized by Arsenal Institute for Film and Video Art and Hebbel-am-Ufer Theater (HAU) in Berlin. 

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Artist  Nao Bustamante

Nao Bustamante is an internationally known performance and video artist originating from the San Joaquin Valley of California. Her work encompasses performance art, sculpture, installation and video. Bustamante's work has been presented, among other sites at, the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Arts, and the Kiasma Museum of Helsinki. She has performed in Galleries, Museums, Universities and underground sites throughout Asia, North Africa, Europe, New Zealand, Australia, Canada, Mexico and of course the United States. In 2001 she received the prestigious Anonymous Was a Woman fellowship. Currently she is living in New York and holds the position as Assistant Professor of New Media and Live Art at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Her animated experimental short film Untitled #1 (from the series Earth People 2507), starring a toy poodle as a herd of buffalo, world premiered at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival.

New Frontier at Sundance

New Frontier is a collection of digital art, film screenings, multimedia performances, site-specific installations and video presentations which will be presented in a fully immersive media lounge environment for Festival goers to experience throughout the Festival. Curated by Shari Frilot, Sundance Film Festival Senior Programmer, these works can be experienced at New Frontier on Main, open to the public Thursday, January 21 through Saturday, January 30, 2010.

Silver and Gold performances:

Sunday, January 24, 6:30pm

Tuesday, January 26, 6:30pm

Thursday, January 28, 6:30pm

New Frontier on Main

333 Main St. (lower level)

**Free and open to all Festival Credential Holders and the general public as space permits.**

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