French Artist JR Teams With Imagine Documentaries & Impact Partners For ‘Paper & Glue’

EXCLUSIVE: Imagine Documentaries and Impact Partners have partnered on the feature documentary Paper & Glue. It is directed by renowned French artist JR about a very personal subject: his own artwork. Using unexpected canvasses, JR’s intention is to give a global voice to everyday people through a genre-blending combination of public art, photography and large-format spectacle.

The film will make its debut at one of the spring festivals, and I hear that will likely be at the Tribeca Film Festival in June.

From early illicit graffiti videos captured on Paris rooftops at night to a monumental portrait set on the U.S.-Mexico border wall to a current collaboration in a California supermax prison, Paper & Glue uses the power of collaborative art to uplift communities and inspire self-expression. Told through JR’s first-person accounts, the film uses his vast personal archives to revisit and reveal rare behind-the-scenes moments in his life and work over the past 20 years. Interwoven into these emotional, reflective moments are dynamic, present-day, verité scenes of new work being created and new collaborations being forged.

JR co-directed the Academy Award-nominated documentary Faces Places. Paper & Glue is produced by Imagine Documentaries’ Sara Bernstein and Justin Wilkes, Dallas Brennan Rexer, and Marc Azoulay. Imagine’s Brian Grazer and Ron Howard are exec producers with Impact Partners’ Jenny Raskin, Geralyn White Dreyfous and Lauren Haber.

“It’s the first documentary about my work that takes you inside my process and reveals the way my projects impact communities,” said JR.

Said Imagine Documentaries president Justin Wilkes: “JR’s larger-than-life installations unite, inspire and empower all who come in contact with them. In many ways, this film is the largest canvas he’s worked on to date and a timely opportunity to share the healing power of art with a global audience.”

Said Impact’s Jenny Raskin: “Collaborating with JR, Imagine Documentaries and the entire team behind Paper & Glue has been an uplifting experience at every step. JR’s process in creating this film has been uniquely open and spirited – his optimism is infectious and much needed in the world right now.”

The film is produced in association with Time Studio and Shark Island Institute, with Lynne Benioff and Marc Benioff executive producing for Time and Ian Darling executive producing for Shark Island Institute. Also executive producing are Jim & Susan Swartz, Patty Quillin and Regina K Scully. Imagine’s Meredith Kaulfers is co-executive producer, along with Paula Froehle, Steve Cohen and Nina & David Fialkow.

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