GIFT film premiere & party, with special guests

Event has passed (Thu Nov 29, 2018 - Thu Nov 29, 2018)
Castro Theatre
7:00 pm - 11:30 pm.
$15.00 - $20.00
Film / Television


You're invited to the US premiere of GIFT, a richly cinematic feature documentary about art and gift culture. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion featuring the director and a party.

Inspired by Lewis Hyde's beloved classic, "The Gift: Creativity and the Artist in the Modern World," "GIFT" is a richly cinematic film exploring the parallels between artists' work and a gift economy. Interweaving the stories of a young Kwak'wakwala indigenous man undertaking preparations for a potlatch, an Italian living museum occupied by migrant families, a bumblebee art car at Burning Man, and artist Lee Mingwei sharing the "transformative gift" of song, the film is a tribute to something that can't be measured, counted, bought or sold.

Writer Jonathan Lethem said about the film, "A beautiful, moving, and thought-provoking reflection on the creative process and the things that make us human."


-John Law will introduce the film with a talk about the transformative power of art, and need for gifting and the arts in society. John is an artist and culture jammer, Suicide Club member, and a co-founder of the Cacophony Society and Burning Man.

-The screening will be followed by a conversation with Robin McKenna, John Law, and Michelle "Smallfry" Lessans (a protagonist in the film) plus audience Q&A.

-Then join us for drinks and afterparty in the mezzanine.

Category: Arts | Visual Arts | Film / Cinema.

Artists / Speakers: John Law, Robin McKenna, Michelle Lessans.

Price Details:
General Admission - Advance: USD 15.00,
General Admission - Day of: USD 20.00.


  1. Castro Theatre 429 Castro Street, San Francisco, CA