Completed

A Film about the Artist Attila Richard Lukacs

ART. DRUGS. MADNESS. Gifted artist, tormented soul, egomaniacal bad-boy hyped up on crystal-meth. This is the snapshot, circa summer 2001, as this raw and uncensored documentary begins tracking the dramatic career of Canadian-born painter Attila Richard Lukacs. A bold visionary whose life-size homoerotic renderings of skinheads fetch tens of thousands of dollars, Lukacs fails in his attempt to crack New York City and the world’s toughest art scene. He spirals into depression and drug addiction, alienates friends and arts associates, and pushes away his saintly parents. But the wired West Coast artist manages to make it to the other side, retreating from his disastrous NYC exploits to find detox, redemption, and creative renaissance in Maui.

A gritty and compulsive examination of the extremes of artistic temperament, the story is set against the backdrop of Lukacs’ meteoric rise into the international art world. His paintings — once the toast of Berlin and Toronto — shift and change in tone and execution, revealing an artist of uncanny ability and endurance.

 

SCREEN SIREN PICTURES PRESENTS A DAVID VAISBORD FILM
WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY DAVID VAISBORD
PRODUCERS TRISH DOLMAN & STEPHANIE SYMNS
CO-PRODUCER DAVID VAISBORD
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY BRIAN JOHNSON
NEW YORK CAMERA DAVID VAISBORD & COCO HARRISON
EDITOR & CO-WRITER JEANNE SLATER
COMPOSER JOHN KORSRUD

AWARDS

Gemini Awards 2005

•  Nominated Best Performing Arts Program or Series or Arts Documentary Program or Series
Trish DolmanStephanie Symns

•  Nominated Best Direction in a Documentary Program
David Vaisbord

Leo Awards 2005

•  Nominated  Documentary Program or Series: Best Documentary – Arts/Performing Arts
Trish DolmanStephanie SymnsDavid Vaisbord

•  Nominated  Documentary Program or Series: Best Picture Editing
Jeanne Slater

•  Nominated  Documentary Program or Series: Best Overall Sound
Ewan DeaneBrent Calkin

•  Nominated  Documentary Program or Series: Best Sound Editing
Christine McLeodEwan DeaneJohnny LudgateMaureen MurphyRobert Hunter

•  Nominated  Documentary Program or Series: Best Musical Score
John Korsrud

  • 2008 Awards and Nominations
  • 2008 Wins “Best Feature Documentary (International)” at the Talking Stick Film Festival in Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • 2008 Wins Golden Sheaf Award for “Best Aboriginal Production” at Yorkton Short Film Festival & Video Festival
  • 2008 Wins Bronze Remi Award at Worldfest Houston 2008 for TV Special: Documentary
  • 2008 Nominated in the Documentary or Series category for Leo Awards, “Best Screenwriting”, and “Best Sound Editing”


FESTIVAL SCREENINGS

Screenings 2006

  • 32nd Northwest Film & Video Festival – Portland, Oregon

Screenings 2005

  • 50th Cork International Film Festival – Cork, Ireland
  • Nickel Independent Film and Video Festival – St. John’s, NF
  • Leo Awards Film Festival, Pacific Cinematheque – Vancouver, BC
  • International Festival of Films on Art – Montreal, QC
  • Victoria Independent Film and Video Festival – Victoria, BC
  • Vancouver Premiere, Pacific Cinematheque – Vancouver, BC
  • Kootenay Film Festival – Civic Theatre, Nelson, BC
  • London Canadian Film Festival – London, ON
  • Aids Vancouver Island – Victoria, BC
  • Canadian Art Foundation – Toronto, ON

Screenings 2004

  • 24th Atlantic Film Festival – Halifax, NS
  • Calgary International Film Festival – Calgary, AB
  • Premieres at Hot Docs at the Royal Cinema – Toronto, ON

MEDIA
Download the Drawing out the Demons press kit. (PDF, 220 kb)

FINANCING
Drawing Out the Demons is Produced with the participation of the Canadian Television Fund created by the Government of Canada and the Canadian cable industry, Telefilm Canada: Equity Investment Program, CTF: License Fee Program; Rogers Cable Network Fund; the province of British Columbia: Film Incentive BC; the Canadian Film or Video Tax Credit; and Rogers Telefund.  Produced and developed in Association with BRAVO! Canada, a division of CHUM Limited. Produced in Association with TVOntario. Developed with the participation of British Columbia Film and in Association with Telefilm Canada and CTV.

SALES

Screen Siren Pictures Inc
Suite 300, 291 East 2nd Avenue, Vancouver, BC, Canada V5T 1B8
Phone: (604) 687-7591 | Fax: (604) 687-4937
info@screensiren.ca

EDUCATIONAL SALES

Moving Images
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Phone: (604) 684-3014 | Fax: (604) 687-7165
mailbox@movingimages.ca

INTERNATIONAL SALES

TVF International
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Phone: + 44 (0) 20 7837 3000 | Fax: + 44 (0) 20 7278 8833