Kusama – Infinity
Director: Heather Lenz
Section: World Cinema
Country: USA | Year: 2018
Language(s): Japanese, English | Time: 80 mins
Kusama – Infinity explores Yayoi Kusama’s fierce determination to become a world-renowned artist. Kusama was born into a conservative family in rural Japan, and she made her way to America on the heels of World War II. There, without connections and speaking only broken English, she devoted herself to her true love: making art. On her first day in New York, she climbed to the top of the Empire State Building, looked at the city below, and made a decision to stand out: by becoming a star.
Heather Lenz is passionate about documentaries and biographical films. She is drawn to stories of people with creative minds who have not walked the beaten path (such as Yayoi Kusama). Her first short documentary about a bicycle inventor, Back to Back, was nominated for the Student Academy Award and screened in film festivals worldwide.