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Steven Yeun and Fab 5 Freddy to produce documentary on artist Nam Jun Paik

Oscar-nominated actor Steven Yeun is teaming up with hip-hop pioneer Fab 5 Freddy to produce a feature-length documentary about visionary artist Nam June Paik.

Paik, often referred to as the “father of video art” and a prophet of the Internet, was one of the first to use television as an artist’s canvas and invented the video synthesizer. He died on January 29, 2006 in Miami, Florida, at the age of 73.

According to Variety, this is the first licensed documentary made in association with Paik’s estate.

The currently untitled production will feature previously unreleased footage and archival material and will be completed in 2022. The project will retrace Paik’s life from childhood as he traveled the world. He fled to Japan from his native South Korea at the start of the Korean War, before moving to Germany and then to New York where he settled in 1964.

The film will feature interviews and footage from artists he has collaborated with including Davis Bowie, Joseph Beuys, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Charlotte Moorman, Yoko Ono, Jonas Mekas, Allen Ginsberg, Andy Warhol, John Cage, Merce Cunningham, George Maciunas , Bad Brains and John Hanhardt.

Amanda Kim, previously Creative Director at Vice Media, directs and produces the film. This is his first feature documentary. Junior Principal Kim added, “Nam June Paik envisioned how communication technologies and media could be a tool to foster electronic empathy between different cultures. His vision is extremely relevant today and I am delighted to be able to share his inspiring story. ” Jennifer Blei Stockman, David Koh, Amy Hobby and Jesse Wann are also attached as producers.

Stockman and Koh have said they hope the film puts Paik’s genius front and center, as he still goes unrecognized by mainstream audiences. “Nam June Paik is one of our creative heroes and an inspiration to every artist working today … It is a true honor to work with the estate, the artist’s family and with Amanda Kim”, the producers said.

The other executive producers are Kenzo Digital, Steven Jang and Florence Sloan. Mariko Munro, Heejung Oh and Alain de la Mata will be the co-producers.

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