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Mindshare LA Screening: "Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry" & Follow Up Q&A

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Thursday, January 24, 2013 from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM (PST)

Mindshare LA Screening: "Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry" &...

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"Choices after waking up: To be true or to lie? To take action or be brainwashed? To be free or be jailed?" 

-- Ai Weiwei / @aiww



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Mindshare LA Presents a Special Screening & Follow Up Q&A:
Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry

7pm-10pm Thursday, January 24th
The Downtown Independent Theater
251 S Main St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

DOORS 7pm | FILM: 8pm | Q&A: 9:30pm

The first feature length documentary on the iconic Chinese contemporary artist, Ai Weiwei. Produced & Directed by Alison Klayman

There will be a short Q&A after the documentary.

Come hungry! The Daily Dose will be serving food. Also, The Downtown Independent now serves a rotating selection of micro-brew draft beers!



Ai Weiwei is China's most famous international artist, and its most outspoken domestic critic. Against a backdrop of strict censorship and an unresponsive legal system, Ai expresses himself and organizes people through art and social media. In response, Chinese authorities have shut down his blog, beat him up, bulldozed his newly built studio, and held him in secret detention.

AI WEIWEI: NEVER SORRY is the inside story of a dissident for the digital age who inspires global audiences and blurs the boundaries of art and politics. First-time director Alison Klayman gained unprecedented access to Ai while working as a journalist in China. Her detailed portrait provides a nuanced exploration of contemporary China and one of its most compelling public figures.

DOCUMENTARY LINKS: Website | Facebook | Twitter


View the trailer here...


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An Xiao Mina is an American artist, designer, writer and technologist. In her research and practice, she explores the disruptive power of networked, creative communities in civic life. Dubbing memes the "street art of the social web", her current research looks at the growing role of meme culture and humor in addressing social and political issues in countries like China, Uganda and the United States. 

An co-founded Bird's Nest, an independent translation site for Ai Weiwei's Twitter account, and in 2011, she worked with the artist and with curator Brendan McGetrick to develop the award-winning 2011 Gwangju Design Biennale in Korea. She also served as an English language editor of Interlacing, a book about Ai Weiwei's work.

An's writing and commentary have appeared in publications such as The Atlantic, Fast Company, Wired and others, and she has lectured at conferences such as the Personal Democracy Forum, ROFLCon and Social Media Week New York.




Robbie Conal is an American guerrilla poster artist noted for his gnarled, grotesque depictions of U.S. political figures of note. A self-described former hippie, he is noted for distributing his poster art throughout a city overnight using his "volunteer guerrilla postering army". Born in New York, and raised by union organizers who considered the major art museums to be day care centers for him, he spent his formative years immersing himself in art history at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the other great local art institutions of New York City. He attended High School of Music and Art, and later received his BFA at San Francisco State University (1969), and his Masters of Fine Arts from Stanford University (1978). 

He moved to Los Angeles in 1984, and, angered by the Reagan Administration, Robbie made satirical posters of politicians and bureaucrats who, by his standards, had abused their power in the name of representative democracy. He developed an irregular guerrilla army of volunteers, putting posters up in the streets of major cities around the country. Robbie has made more than 75 posters satirizing politicians from both parties, televangelists and global capitalists. He has also taken on censorship, the Supreme Court and environmental issues. The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York) owns 12 prints of his satirical portraits. His “notoriety” has garnered coverage on "CBS This Morning", "Charlie Rose" and in Time, Newsweek, The New York Times, LA Times and The Wall Street Journal, Vanity Fair, People Magazine, and Interview. For 12 years, Conal was an adjunct professor of painting and drawing at the University of Southern California's Roski School of Fine Arts. He now teaches life drawing at West LA College, Culver City, CA.



Linda Pollack studied finance and economics at Penn State University, art at the Vrije Akademie in The Hague and the Jan van Eyck Academy in Maastricht in the Netherlands, and at the University of California in Los Angeles and in San Diego. She spent a decade in Netherlands, mixing art practice with cultural policy development while working for the European Cultural Foundation in Amsterdam. Linda witnessed both the brutal collapse of democracy during the civil war in former Yugoslavia and the work of NGOs such as the European Cultural Foundation to strengthen civil processes. She saw both democracy’s fragility and its less newsworthy day-to-day effectiveness. This instilled in her what would become an inspiration for multitudes of powerful projects intersecting dialogue on politics, art and expression. In 1996, Linda returned to the United States to pursue her MFA in New Genres at UCLA, working with Paul McCarthy and James Welling.

During the aftermath of 9/11, she watched the rapid changes in American law and culture and became convinced that dialogue and citizen engagement are requirements for a vital, high-functioning democratic society. In response, Linda launched “My Daily Constitution,” in 2002, an ongoing project for which she inserts constitutional discussions in cafes, libraries, parks, dance halls and other accessible spaces, inviting lawyers and constitutional scholars to share their knowledge of constitutional democracy and its relation to the pressing issues of the day. In 2013, MDC will prioritize discussions on the 2nd Amendment. In 2007 she created HABEAS LOUNGE at the 18th St. Arts Center in Santa Monica. HABEAS LOUNGE is a built environment created by Linda specifically constructed to foster and animate civic dialogue, initially to experience and respond to works developed for the exhibition PATRIOT ACTS (January ‘08). The LOUNGE has since visited downtown LA, Manhattan, and soon, Poland, and topics of past LOUNGE series include urban planning, constitutional issues, the economy, and city history. Pollack has been awarded numerous grants, including a residency at Schloss Solitude of Stuttgart Germany.


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The Daily Dose mission is to provide you with artisanal food and beverages that will satisfy your mind, body and soul. Join the revolution! Stand against the establishment's system of over processed food. Reject the propaganda that makes us believe healthy means expensive. Down with shipping ingredients across the globe without regard for the environment. No more industrialization of our individual nourishment! The Daily Dose manifesto brings power back to the people with artisanal coffee and soul-satisfying food. We believe food should be delicious, good for you, and easy on your pocket. We've made pacts with local farmers, ranchers and fisheries to bring fresh and natural ingredients from the source, directly to your plate. Going local is our commitment to the planet and the inspiration for our fresh, seasonal menu!



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The Downtown Independent is one the most unique theater experiences in downtown L.A. It's art deco design, great features, comfortable seats and even has a selection of draft beers. Yelper Thea G. writes "The Downtown Indie creates a beautifully eclectic film community, and they offer everything from free comedy shows, to film festivals, to drink-alongs of classics, to Channel 101, and most importantly, screenings of absolutely outstanding features that are almost impossible to find anywhere else."

There is decent street parking. Also, yellow zones are legal after 6pm and there is a couple of $5ish parking lots on the same block...


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new york magazine

"One of the Top 10 Movies of the Year."
- David Edelstein

David Edelstein's Top Ten Movies of 2012


the new york times

"A galvanizing documentary; An intimate portrait of the artist."

Giving Voice to a Big-Picture Thinker, Critic's Pick


the boston globe

"Alison Klayman's documentary is one of the most engagingly powerful movies of the year."

'Ai Weiwei': art and the activist


los angeles times

"Watching"Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry" is like experiencing a thrilling unfinished symphony: The story is enthralling, but it's not over, and there's no telling where it's going. Which makes what we see on screen all the more involving."
- Kenneth Turan

Review: 'Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry' reveals authentic artist at work





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When & Where

Downtown Independent Theater
251 S Main St
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Thursday, January 24, 2013 from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM (PST)

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