THE F WORD TO MAKE ITS WEST COAST PREMIERE AT THE DOWNTOWN FILM FESTIVAL LOS ANGELES New Documentary Features Radical "4th Wave" Feminist Artists Post-screening Q&A with the Film’s Director

WHEN: Saturday, September 24, 2016 at 12:30 PM

WHERE: Regal Cinemas L.A. LIVE

                1000 W. Olympic Blvd.

                Los Angeles, CA 90015


The F Word constitutes an important step towards encouraging deeper critical thought about works that rarely receive more than sensationalist exposure in the press. Char Jansen, ArtSlant

Following in the footsteps of ’60s art queens like Hannah Wilke and Carolee Schneemann, the artists blur the line between their lives, their bodies and their work.Priscilla Frank, The Huffington Post

The F Word explores radical “4th wave” feminist performance through interviews with a new generation of feminist artists using their bodies as subject matter. Because the female body continues to be politicized and policed, and because these artists delve into the fecund territory of female sexuality, self-objectification, and the female form as a site of resistance, many remain marginalized by the mainstream art world. Leah Schrager, well known for her performance practice, Naked Therapy, states, “As soon as you introduce a bit of sexiness or sexuality into an artwork it suddenly becomes questionable. Just because something elicits arousal or shows elements of sexiness does absolutely not make it not art.” While some 4th wave artists, like Ann Hirsch and Kate Durbin, choose to analyze representations of female identity though digital media, others, like the radical, queer, transnational feminist art collective, Go! Push Pops, explore sexuality and gender in pop culture in the digital age. As feminist lecturer Kristen Sollee explains, 4th wavers, unlike their predecessors, “are not afraid to be ‘girly’, (or) to be hyper-feminine, or to wear a mini-skirt, to self-objectify. That was something that was not part of feminism in the past, and now it’s becoming more and more acceptable.”

The F Word is director Robert Adanto’s fourth documentary exploring contemporary art. The F Word premiered at the 2015 Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival and screened during Art Basel Miami Beach at the Coral Gables Art Cinema. Mr. Adanto’s was presented at Dallas Contemporary, in association with Black Sheep Feminism: The Art of Sexual Politics and as part of the Guerrilla Girls’ Twin City Takeover in Minneapolis at the Walker Art Center. His past films have looked at China’s explosive contemporary art scene (The Rising Tide 08), the lives and works of Iranian female artists (Pearls on the Ocean Floor 10) and the impact of Hurricane Katrina on the lives of New Orleans artists (City of Memory 14). His documentaries have been presented at The Smithsonian Institution's Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden; The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA); The National Center for Contemporary Art in Moscow; The Queensland Art Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane, Australia; The Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago; The Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto; The Hammer Museum in Los Angeles; The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum in Miami; The National Museum of Australia in Canberra; The Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami, The Tel Aviv Museum of Art, and others. A classically trained actor, Robert earned his M.F.A. in Acting from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and is currently completing a film on the Belgrade-based performance artist, Marta Jovanovic.

Official Trailer and Selected Clips:

Official Trailer


Go! Push Pops

Producer-Director: Robert Adanto

Featuring: Narcissister, Ann Hirsch, Go! Push Pops, Leah Schrager, Kate Durbin, Rafia Santana, Rachel Mason, Michelle Charles, Faith Holland, Claudia Bitran, Damali Abrams, Rebecca Goyette, and Sadaf 

Experts: Dr. Kathy Battista, Nancy Princenthal, Kristen Sollee, Susan Bee 

Music: MIMICO, DUST, & Gurl Crush 

Running time: 95 minutes 

Rating: No Rating