Rava Films

Rava Films RAVA Films is a filmmaking team. We are Ava Wiland and Rafael Salazar.

RAVA Films is a commercial and film production company founded in 2010 by Rafael Salazar and Ava Wiland dedicated to the production of films of social relevance and original and artistic storytelling.

Meditating on the impact of the border wall and border policies with @lozanohemmer
11/24/2019

Meditating on the impact of the border wall and border policies with @lozanohemmer

Are you ready to see perhaps the most surreal piece we’ve ever made? ….In this hybrid narrative-documentary film, the pe...
09/18/2019
An Artist Walks into a Bar, Aki Sasamoto — Art21

Are you ready to see perhaps the most surreal piece we’ve ever made?
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In this hybrid narrative-documentary film, the performance artist and recent mother, Aki Sasamoto, day-dreams of drinking whiskey and creating an artwork of self-spinning whiskey glasses. As the artwork takes form, it becomes clear that it’s not just about drinking – the work becomes a metaphor for life, motherhood, and even the process of art-making.
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Director Rafael Salazar Moreno + Ava Wiland
Producer Ava Wiland
Series Producer Nick Ravich
DP John Nelson + Rafael Salazar Moreno
Editor Rafael Salazar Moreno
Associate Producer Julia Main
Music Matt Bauderr
Digital Compositor Luis M. Pla
Post @cutandmeasure
Thanks to: @BortolamiGallery James Corporan, Sam Ekwurtzel, @Eugeneandco, @ribcagemassage Ben Hagari, Anna Peterson, @urbanglass_nyc and @reycamera

https://art21.org/watch/new-york-close-up/aki-sasamoto-an-artist-walks-into-a-bar/

Mirroring its subject's own playful and absurdist sensibility, this portrait of sculptor and performance artist Aki Sasamoto is a fluid hybrid of fiction and documentary—at once a magical realist world of spinning objects and a psychological exploration of fundamental questions about artistic crea...

09/18/2019
Seeing our latest project come to life during today’s color correct session 😍 We are so excited to release our latest hy...
09/10/2019

Seeing our latest project come to life during today’s color correct session 😍 We are so excited to release our latest hybrid documentary-narrative film feat the fantastic Aki sasamoto. Thanks @jeromethelia for the great color correct and @art21 for the support! Please stay tuned, coming to you next wed sept 18! @rsalazarmoreno @jarulia @cutandmeasure @ Red Hook, Brooklyn

It’s tough to match the colorful and brilliant buildings and spaces designed by Richard Rogers — architect and visionair...
05/18/2019

It’s tough to match the colorful and brilliant buildings and spaces designed by Richard Rogers — architect and visionaire of the @centrepompidou in Paris. But we certainly tried! ;) We had the great pleasure of spending time at his studio this week working on a project for the American Institute of Architects @aianational, interviewing people close to him about his oeuvre and philosophy (among them the great Renzo Piano) and capturing visuals of some of his seminal projects in London and Paris: @centrepompidou and @lloydsoflondon!!! 💜❤️💛🧡💙💚 #rogersstirkharbour #renzopiano #archtecture #modernism #femalefilmmakers #aia @aianational #documentary @ London, United Kingdom

Tough life this week in Venice. 😆We had an amazing time meeting new and old friends and unveiling our first film install...
05/12/2019

Tough life this week in Venice. 😆We had an amazing time meeting new and old friends and unveiling our first film installation for the wonderful and very urgent #artivismpavilion exhibition. It has reinvigorated our souls and creative spirits being part of this important project and seeing audiences respond so movingly to our work. We also just had so much fun wandering about the streets and canals of Venice and seeing so much art ;) @ Venice, Italy

RAVA first video-Installation done! #Artivism2019 #ArtivismPavilion #NoBystandersAtTheBiennale #rallyaroundart #anartist...
05/08/2019

RAVA first video-Installation done! #Artivism2019 #ArtivismPavilion #NoBystandersAtTheBiennale #rallyaroundart #anartistisanactivist
#artchangesminds
#artchangessociety
#weareallinthis

05/06/2019

Greetings from Venice! -- In 2018 RAVA was invited to create a film to introduce visitors to the artworks and ideas behind the upcoming exhibition ‘Artivism: the Genocide Prevention Pavilion,' which opens later this week and will run concurrent to the 2019 Venice Biennale. The show is a unique experience that presents audiences to diverse responses from six artists/collectives to a particularly appalling type of atrocity: identity-based mass violence, or genocide. Even though it seemed like a somewhat daunting task at first, we were excited at the opportunity to create a work that responded to this urgent topic, especially at a time when prejudice and hate seem so pervasive and rampant. The result of the project is an immersive 3-channel film installation titled “Conversations with Artivists” in which the six participating artists speak with each-other about the violence their countries experienced and how they used art to transform their pain into gestures that remind us of our shared humanity. The film installation will be on view at the #artivismpavilion and online after May 9th. We are so excited to share it with you and to celebrate the culmination of months of hard, but emotionally heartening work. If you are in Venice, holler at us, we would love to see you here! #artivismpavilion #nobystandersatthebiennale #rallyaroundart
#anartistisanactivist
#artchangesminds
#artchangessociety
#weareallinthis
#artivism2019

Rava Films's cover photo
05/02/2019

Rava Films's cover photo

Beautiful day to be filming with the wonderful Brazilian artist #PauloNazareth. One of his best known works documents hi...
04/23/2019

Beautiful day to be filming with the wonderful Brazilian artist #PauloNazareth. One of his best known works documents his trajectory, by foot, from Brazil to NYC, and tells a defiant yet poetic story of migration and colonization. We interviewed him today, at the spot where he ended this journey 10 years ago.

“Sometimes artists work to show people what could happen in the future, show them what could come. But sometimes you hav...
04/23/2019

“Sometimes artists work to show people what could happen in the future, show them what could come. But sometimes you have to remind them just what happened yesterday.” There is a collective amnesia around the history of political violence that is rising alongside right-wing influence. This inspires artist and activist Hiwa K to make work that reminds powerful countries of the violence and chaos their ignorant actions bring to countries like his own, Iraq. Check out the Berlin-based episode we produced for the series @Art21 on @PBS to hear the story of how Hiwa’s experience of fleeing his war-torn country drives his efforts to educate the west on the effects of its domination of middle eastern countries.
https://www.ravafilms.com/art21-berlin-1

#hiwak #conceptualartist #contemporaryart #politicalmemory #war #refugee #berlin #art21 #pbs #documentary #ravafilms

Our producer/director Ava Wiland doesn’t usually operate the boom but when she does, she does it with style ⚡️ #femalefi...
04/12/2019

Our producer/director Ava Wiland doesn’t usually operate the boom but when she does, she does it with style ⚡️ #femalefilmmakers @art21 @bortolamigallery camera 📸 by Aki sasamoto

Making a raucous with the fabulous aki sasamoto during our shoot today. Stand by for one bizarre & fantastical @art21 se...
04/09/2019

Making a raucous with the fabulous aki sasamoto during our shoot today. Stand by for one bizarre & fantastical @art21 segment soon! @bortolamigallery #akisasamoto #art21 #contemporaryart

Casual Saturday brunch brainstorm meeting with one of our fave artists Aki Sasamoto. Excited for our upcoming hybrid doc...
03/30/2019

Casual Saturday brunch brainstorm meeting with one of our fave artists Aki Sasamoto. Excited for our upcoming hybrid doc/narrative project for @art21 !

Stop what you’re doing and take a minute to think about how the sounds around you affect your experience of the space yo...
03/26/2019

Stop what you’re doing and take a minute to think about how the sounds around you affect your experience of the space you’re in. Sound provides a context for this space. Susan Philipsz harnesses the power of sound in public space sound installations to reveal new or preexisting contexts of public spaces. Learn how she reveals the historical weight of public spaces through sound in the Berlin-based episode we produced for the series @Art21 on PBS.
https://www.ravafilms.com/art21-berlin-1

#susanphilipsz #publicspace #publicart #soundart #conceptualart #contemporaryart #history #berlin #pbs #art21 #ravafilms #documentary

Lots of us move to New York City with a direct career path in mind. But, like lots of us, Jenn de la Vega (@randwiches) ...
03/22/2019

Lots of us move to New York City with a direct career path in mind. But, like lots of us, Jenn de la Vega (@randwiches) spent her first 12 years in NYC bouncing around many different lines of work. From TV analysis, music, and a silicon valley company, she explored until realizing her true career calling in food. See how she synthesizes her many interests as a #chef in the video we shot for @Kickstarter, which is part of a three-part #miniseries profiling artists using their platform to launch their creative careers.
https://www.ravafilms.com/kickstarter

#Kickstarter #femalechef #jenndelavega #food #cooking #documentary #ravafilms

03/12/2019
Art21_Berlin_Final Colored & Mixed Episode 07.02.18_1.mp4

We can all agree that everyone’s got some dark stuff lurking in our subconscious, but for Nathalie Djurberg, nothing from her own is held back in her psychological animations that work symbiotically electronic music composed by Hans Berg . Check out the Berlin episode we directed and produced for @Art21 on @PBS to see how Nathalie and Hans explore the many corridors of the psyche.
https://www.ravafilms.com/art21-berlin-1

#animation #electronicmusic #collaboration #contemporaryart #unconscious #psychological #berlin #art21 #pbs #documentary #ravafilms #hansberg

On taking the leap: We profiled filmmaker Zoe Potkin who, after years of working as a producer on documentary films and ...
02/22/2019

On taking the leap: We profiled filmmaker Zoe Potkin who, after years of working as a producer on documentary films and series, made her own #directorialdebut. Her documentary focuses on the framed cop Barry Gibbs, who was wrongfully convicted and imprisoned for 19 years. Check out the video in the three-part #miniseries @Kickstarter asked us to create, profiling artists using their platform to launch their creative careers.
https://www.ravafilms.com/kickstarter

#Kickstarter #femalefilmmaker #Zoepotkin #BarryGibbs #documentary #documentarian #ravafilms

02/19/2019

Olafur Eliasson wants to know: “...What does looking actually mean, and why am I seeing things the way I am seeing it?” Check out the Berlin episode we directed and produced for Art21 on PBS to see how one artist forces us to question ourselves as we experience art.
https://www.ravafilms.com/art21-berlin

#contemporaryartist #olafureliasson #installationart #collaboration #artinpublicspaces #thinkdifferently #art21 #pbs #berlin #documentary #ravafilms

We are Feeling inspired by the stories and words of six artists who flew in from all over the world to talk with us abou...
02/19/2019

We are Feeling inspired by the stories and words of six artists who flew in from all over the world to talk with us about their art practice and experiences of resilience and survival in six post genocidal societies. RAVA is creating 3-channel documentary installation for a beautiful and important upcoming exhibition in Venice about how artists can contribute to historical memory and fight against mass atrocities. 🙌 such respect ✊🏽 for these women and men who we met this week.

View from our home for a week in beautiful Ghent, where we are gearing up to film an exciting new project that  will be ...
02/14/2019

View from our home for a week in beautiful Ghent, where we are gearing up to film an exciting new project that will be part of the 2019 Venice biennale.

02/07/2019
FIELDWORKS: JODY WOOD, Beauty in Transition

The short film we did on Jody Wood’s project called Beauty in Transition was premiered on The Atlantic. By driving a truck functioning as a mobile beauty salon, she brings styling and giving haircuts to homeless individuals. Check out the full episode of FIELDWORKS, a series of mini-docs that we produced for A Blade of Grass profiling some of the artists whose socially-meaningful work they fund.

https://www.ravafilms.com/abog-2018/jody-wood-beauty-in-transition

2014 ABOG Fellow Jody Wood brings her mobile beauty salon to nine homeless shelters over three months in New York City. FIELDWORKS is a short documentary series…

01/29/2019

We were so excited when Art21/PBS asked us to produce and shoot the Berlin episode of their Peabody Award-winning series, Art 21! Keep an eye out for some future posts featuring each of the four artists who are profiled in the episode that premiered this past September. Catch the trailer and full episode on our website:
https://www.ravafilms.com/art21-berlin/

#art21 #pbs #documentary #ravafilms #berlin #contemporaryart

01/26/2019

"To film is a necessity. It’s like eating, sleeping, breathing.” These words have stuck with us ever since we had the great opportunity to meet and talk with the eminent #JonasMekas -- father, teacher and “all around evangelist” of avant-garde cinema-- for a short portrait film we produced for the Tate. Jonas Mekas passed away earlier this week at age 96, but his playful and curious spirit will continue to inspire us and generations of filmmakers to come. R.I.P. dear Jonas. Jonas Mekas: Always Beginning: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kzkzQExJ9rc"#JonasMekas #poet of #cinema #tate

Picture a genetically modified mushroom that is witnessing the end of the world. That is exactly what illustrator Maëlle...
01/22/2019

Picture a genetically modified mushroom that is witnessing the end of the world. That is exactly what illustrator Maëlle Doliveux (@ouimaelle) does in her first long-form cut-paper comic book, as featured in a three-part miniseries @Kickstarter asked us to create, profiling three artists who used the platform to launch their creative careers. Click the link to see the three full episodes on our site!

https://www.ravafilms.com/kickstarter

#Kickstarter #miniseries #documentary #artist #womenartists #paperillustration #ravafilms

01/22/2019

Daydreaming of the California coast in summer on this freezing New York Winter Day...We had the joy of making this video for the AIA Awards Gala (The American Institute of Architects) in 2017 featuring the acclaimed architecture of the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Check out the full video here: https://www.ravafilms.com/american-institute-architects/
#architecture #aiaawards #montereybayaquarium #california #marinelife #documentary #ravafilms

01/17/2019
Tiny Hazard - I'm Not Scared (Official Video)

When we’re not busy making documentaries about visual artists and the creative process, we take a break by doing projects like making music videos for our very talented friends! Check out the new video we had a ton of fun making for @Tiny Hazard “I’m Not Scared,” directed by @Rafael Salazar Moreno!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yjv_veQSuuc

"I'm Not Scared" by Tiny Hazard, from 'The Long Way' EP, released in 2018 on Ba Da Bing Records. Directed, Shot, & Edited by Rafael Salazar Moreno (https://w...

01/15/2019

Here at RAVA, we’re experimenting with our newfound fascination of #cinemagraphs! This one features the creative process taking place between two artists in residence at the Skowhegan artist residency up in Maine. Artists confer and collaborate across disciplines here at this boundary-breaking institution, which seems to foster the most fertile soil for creativity. See the videos we made for Skowhegan on our website:

https://www.ravafilms.com/skowhegan

RAVA is back to work. Hope everyone’s having an excellent start to the new year! Looking forward to exciting new project...
01/05/2019

RAVA is back to work. Hope everyone’s having an excellent start to the new year! Looking forward to exciting new projects and collaborations! #backtowork #2019

01/01/2019
Public Trust Documentary - Teaser

Ever make a New Year’s resolution but don’t follow through? Do you like blood pacts? If yes to either, we suggest you take a look at the Public Trust documentary we made back in 2016. Paul Ramirez Jonas reminds us how to hold ourselves and each other accountable to the promises we make in his socially-engaged art project. #Getcommitted and watch the full video on our site: https://www.ravafilms.com/public-trust-documentary/

It was an honor to keep Houston-based artist Rick Lowe company for a week in #Athens as we shot the latest #FIELDWORKS r...
12/18/2018
FIELDWORKS: RICK LOWE, the Victoria Square Project — RAVA Films

It was an honor to keep Houston-based artist Rick Lowe company for a week in #Athens as we shot the latest #FIELDWORKS release for A Blade of Grass. During the implementation of his latest project, the Victoria Square Project, exhibited as part of documenta 14, we got to see him, the amazing Maria Papadimitriou, Sevastiana Konstaki, Barbara Mulas, and Esmeralda Kosmatopoulos turn a simple storefront into a lively community space that brings refugees, locals, business owners and neighbors together.

#abladeofgrass #fieldworks #ricklowe #greece #refugeecrisis #communityart #projectrowhouses #ravafilms #documentary #documenta14

https://www.ravafilms.com/abog-rick-lowe/

We were honored to spend the week in the company of artist Rick Lowe as he created the Victoria Square Project. His latest “social sculpture,” facilitates an artistic space of belonging within a community in Athens, Greece that has become polarized in response to the refugee crisis. The project ...

12/18/2018
A Blade of Grass

A Blade of Grass

Support artists enacting social change: help us Fund a Fellow!

A Blade of Grass believes in the power of artists to help build a more equitable, compassionate, and joyful future.

We know this work can only happen collaboratively, through relationships built on care and mutual trust. Each year the A Blade of Grass Fellowship for Socially Engaged Art supports 8 artists who collaborate with communities to enact social change. Their projects use art to do things like bring refugees and locals together in Athens, Greece; create spaces for difficult conversations through theater in rural Virginia; and foster care between people in solitary confinement and volunteer gardeners in New Orleans.

Enacting change takes all of us. Help us raise $20,000 by December 31 to fund an A Blade of Grass Fellow! Visit https://bit.ly/2Lqwlxg to make a contribution, and watch the short film below to learn more about artists collaborating with communities! Thank you for your support.

#abogfellows #sociallyengagedart Rava Films

11/30/2018
Guerrilla Girls – 'You Have to Question What You See' _ TateShots_1.mp4

*Sound on* for some fierce #feminism! We’ve been following the @Guerrillagirls for years, and we were so thrilled when the @Tate asked us to make a short profile on them. Since the 1980s, the masked women have anonymously called out #galleries, #museums, and #magazines for their lack of representation of #women and #racialdiversity in the #arts. Their work planted the seed and opened the conversation around representation of women in the arts and the deep-seated societal structures that continue to keep gender and racial oppression in place. Check out the full video on our site… (link in bio!)

#Guerrillagirls #activism #feminism #representation #decolonizeart #documentary #ravafilms #tate #dowomenhavetobenakedtogetintothemetmuseum #Herstory

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