TITLE: LOVE BITE: LAURIE LIPTON AND HER DISTURBING BLACK & WHITE DRAWINGS, 34′
DIRECTOR: James Scott
PRODUCER: Al Morrow
KEY CAST: Laurie Lipton, Terry Gilliam
EDITOR: James Scott
SOUND DESIGN: Nick Ryan
OVERVIEW: No one on the planet has drawn more than Laurie Lipton. With millions of tiny strokes of her humble pencil, Laurie’s haunted images seek answers to some of the most uncomfortable themes in our culture. But what compels her to live a life of isolation drawing is neither black nor white. Long Synopsis Sundance award‐winning Editor James Scott’s documentary directorial debut Love Bite chronicles Laurie Lipton’s life and prolific body of black & white work spanning over fifty years. Largely ignored by the mainstream art world, her creations are perhaps too real, too raw and show us a portrait of ourselves we’re not willing to see. Born in New York in the 1950’s, Laurie escaped the suburbs and spent thirty-‐five years in Europe drawing obsessively with a technique she invented, using millions upon millions of tiny strokes of the humble pencil. The resulting images are not only photographic in quality, but offer an insight into the distinct blend of angst, longing, isolation, restlessness and uncertainty that is emblematic of our time. In 2011 she left the vacuous wasteland of celebrity worship and mindless consumerism to find salvation in the unlikeliest of places ‐ Los Angeles. Inspired by the 16th Century Flemish Masters, Laurie and her work seek answers to some of the most avoided and uncomfortable themes in our culture ‐ fear, politics, sexuality, murder, mayhem, greed, and indifference ‐ answers that will likely never be black or white. Love Bite follows Lipton’s monumental task of creating a series of nine‐foot tall drawings for an L.A. gallery, pieces that take six months each to complete. What compels a bright, funny and outspoken woman to live a life of isolation drawing is as disquieting as the images themselves. You never know what kind of gift comes out of suffering.
BRIGHTON, UK, 2016