Dogwof has produced Amanda Kim’s documentary on contemporary artist Nam Joon Paik for global sales, excluding North America and South Korea.
“Nam Joon Paik: Moon is the Oldest TV” is set to make its world premiere Jan. 22 at Sundance as part of the US Documentary Competition.
Paik, one of the most famous Asian artists of the 20th century, revolutionized the use of technology as an artistic canvas and invented the video synthesizer. He is credited with coining the term “electronic superhighway”, which was the title of his most famous work involving over 300 TV sets.
The film will trace Pike’s life from childhood to traveling around the world. He fled his native Korea to Japan at the outbreak of the Korean War, before moving to Germany and later to New York City where he settled in 1964.
The film will include interviews and footage of David Bowie, Joseph Baez, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Charlotte Moorman, Yoko Ono, Jonas Mekas, Allen Ginsberg, Andy Warhol, John Cage, Marce Cunningham, George Maciunas, Bad Brain and John Hanhardt.
The film marks Korean American director and producer Kim’s feature debut A former creative director at Vice Media, he led US video direction for ID, Creators and Garage magazines. Kim also worked at Vice’s TV channel Viceland as a creative producer in an experimental incubator where he directed a slick production crew to test pilots and innovative content formats.
The deal for the documentary was made between Ollie Harbottle, chief content officer of Dokuf, and David Koh, on behalf of the filmmakers.
Harbottle said: “Nam Joon Paik’s legacy as one of the most visionary artists of the 20th century has grown in recent years with a number of major exhibitions worldwide. From a wealth of material, Amanda has created a fascinating look at a true pioneer whose prophetic vision is now a living reality for the modern world.”
Producers Jennifer Stockman and David Koh added: “We are very excited to launch this film internationally and to partner with Dogwof. Nam Joon Paik was a pioneer who pushed the boundaries of art into the modern world. He is one of our heroes and his important story will captivate and resonate with audiences around the world.”
“Nam Joon Paik: Moon is the Oldest TV” directed and produced by Amanda Kim; Edited by Taryn Gould; Produced by Stockman, Koh, Amy Hobby, Mariko Munro and Jesse Wan. Executive producers include Kenzo Digital, Fab 5 Freddy, Steve Zhang, Florence Sloan and “Minari” star Steven Yeun, with Heejung Oh and Alain De La Mata as co-producers.
An original score is by Academy Award winner Ryuichi Sakamoto (“The Revenant”), while the music is by Will Epstein, with Yeun providing the narration.