Status: Completed
Director & Writer: Robin McKenna

“Marvelous and inspiring.” – Lewis Hyde, Author of The Gift

Produced by: Ina Fichman (Intuitive Pictures) and Robin McKenna
Edited by: Mahi Rahgozar
Cinematography: Mark O’Fearghail and Nicolas Canniccioni
Original Music: Serge Nakauchi Pelletier
Sound Design: Sylvain Bellemare


Inspired by Lewis Hyde’s beloved classic The Gift: Creativity and the Artist in the Modern WorldGIFT is a richly cinematic film, interweaving character‐driven stories. On North America’s Pacific Northwest Coast, a young indigenous man undertakes the elaborate preparations for a potlatch – to make a name for himself by giving everything away. In Rome, Italy, a factory occupied by migrant families is transformed into a living museum, protected by a “barricade of art” : a model of resistance, and an invaluable gift.  In the pirate utopia of Burning Man, a mutant bumblebee art car distributes honey in a post-­apocalyptic desert landscape. Meanwhile, in Auckland, New Zealand, artist Mingwei Lee prepares to launch Sonic Blossom – a “transformative gift” of song.

GIFT is a tribute to something that can’t be measured or counted, bought or sold. Exploring the parallels between artists’ work and a gift economy, it’s a reflection on the creative process, the reasons we “labour in service of our gifts”, and a celebration of the imagination.


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  • March 7, 2018