(New York City, New York--April 9, 2008) "Great Genius and Profound Stupidity", a 27-minute experimental documentary, produced and directed by Benita Raphan and edited by New York-based jumP's Lin Polito, has been selected for a worldwide premiere in competition at the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival.
The film, which continues Raphan's ongoing series on an elusive mix of geniuses; is an investigation of the balance between perceptions of intellect and idiocy, and is slated for American broadcast on The Sundance Channel next year. Great Genius includes interviews with Oliver Sacks; and 89 year old choreographer Merce Cunningham, who recounts his tale of watching Helen Keller's reaction to a dance class when he was a young dancer with the Martha Graham Dance company in the 1940s. Additional subjects of study include itinerant mathematician Paul Erdös.
This film is the fourth, in a series of original content television episodes and shorts that Raphan has produced and directed. Raphan's previous projects on the subject, They Were The Future, focused on individuals in science with subjects such as R. Buckminster Fuller, Edwin Land, and John Forbes Nash, Jr.
"Benita's films are usually about a specific person...this project was unique and challenging in that it focused on the overall concept of creativity." commented Polito. "It was an extremely collaborative environment. I was able to really take my time with this, which is very different from the typical :30 and :60 world I normally work within. Working nights, weekends and holidays allowed the abstract subject matter to settle in my mind and really breathe. I have a ton of respect for Benita and am looking forward to collaborating on another project soon." JumP's Managing Director Dee Tagert commented on the recent collaboration, "This is a strong example of the diversity of projects that have been coming out of the our doors over the last year. We've been aggressively working on diversifying the work flow to include more long form and integrated content, to accompany the spot work we do."
Lin has been an editor in New York City for nearly 20 years, cutting campaigns for brands such as; Maybelline (Gotham, NY); Ameriprise (Saatchi, NY); Chase (McGarry Bowen, NY); and Citibank (Fallon, MN). Lin has taken home a Clio award as well as a Gold at the New York Festival. Lin's work for GM and Jaguar and Visa are is in the permanent collection at the Museum of Modern Art. Polito also served on the NY AICE Board of Directors, for four years.
Director: Benita Raphan
DP: David Morabito
DP (Time Lapse Photography): Mark Schmidt
Editorial: jumP, NY
Editor: Lin Polito
Assistant Editor: Troy Mercury
EP: Elizabeth Krajewski
VFX: Manic, NY
Artists(s): Ed Reina, Eric Gelgand,
Nick Sasso, Bryan Cobonpue
Producer: Melissa Warhaftig
VFX: Semerad, NY
VFX: Coda, NY
3D: Spontaneous, NY Open and End Titles: Freestyle Collective, NY
Creative Director(s): Victor Newman,
Hoon Chong (now @ SUSPECT, NY)
3D Design and Designer: Christina Sidoti
Animation: Entae Kim
Philosophers Illustrations: Phillip Fivel Nessen
Composer: Robert Miller
Sound Design: Sound Lounge Music & Sound
Sound Designer: Marshall Grupp
Audio Mix: Sound Lounge, NY
Audio Re-Recording Mixer: Paul Weiss
jumP is an award-winning, New York-based creative editorial boutique focusing on commercials, features, short films, music videos, and emerging media content. The firm works with a wide-range of top-tier brands, directors, and agencies continually delivering powerful and efficient results for each of its clients. The company roster includes Partner/Editors: Luis Moreno, Michael Saia; Editors: Lin Polito, Dave Herman, William Zitser, David Bryen, Partner/Managing Director Dee Tagert and Executive Producer Elizabeth Krajewski.
About Benita Raphan:
Benita Raphan is a Director and Designer for print and television. Over the past ten years, she has produced and directed a series of original content documentaries in collaboration with the following leaders in the post-production world: The Freestyle Collective; Guava; Jump; Manic; Semerad; Crew Cuts; Chinagraph Inc., and Sound Lounge. Her films have been presented on HBO, The Sundance Channel, Channel Four Television UK, PBS, and at The Museum of Modern Art in New York City.
Benita has worked as a designer for clients as diverse as Yves Saint Laurent, Issey Miyake, Yohji Yamamoto, Wieden + Kennedy, Deutsch, Inc., Knopf, and The New York Times Op-Ed Page. She has received Gold medals from The Art Directors. Club, Le Club Des Directeurs Artistiques, Paris and The Broadcast Designers' Awards. Her work is in the permanent collection of The Cooper Hewitt, The Walker Art Center, Harvard University, Stanford University, The British Arts Council, The British Film & Video Study Collection and at The Warsaw Poster Biennale. Her films have been presented in London at The ICA and The National Portrait Gallery, and in the United States at The Kennedy Center and The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Her films have also been shown at The Sundance Film Festival, The Tribeca Film Festival, The Telluride Film Festival, and The London Film Festival. Benita is an alumnus of The Royal College of Art and The School of Visual Arts, and has been elected to the Executive Fellows Committee of The MacDowell Colony. Benita Raphan is a producer of New Media at Nice Spots in NYC. She has taught at New York University and currently teaches at The School of Visual Arts.
About Tribeca Film Festival:
Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff founded the Tribeca Film Festival in 2001 following the attacks on the World Trade Center to spur the economic and cultural revitalization of lower Manhattan through an annual celebration of film, music and culture. The Festival's mission focuses on assisting filmmakers to reach the broadest possible audience, enabling the international film community and general public to experience the power of cinema and promoting New York City as a major filmmaking center.
Since its founding, the Festival has attracted over two million attendees from the US and abroad and has generated more than $425 million in economic activity for New York City.