Lino Tagliapietra: Glass Magician (2011)

a film by Erik Demaine and Martin Demaine

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The film is now available for free streaming in the USA.


This 13-minute experimental film documents the glass blowing of maestro Lino Tagliapietra, widely considered to be the world's best glass blower. Features the creative process, fine craft, teamwork, and the magic of glass blowing, instead of following a standard linear/educational narrative.

Lino is from Murano, Italy, and is famous for teaching Italian glass-blowing secrets to American glass artists. He has been working with his team of three Seattle glass blowers for over 12 years. This film documents their visit to the MIT Glass Lab in October 2010.

The film has a similar style to Bert Haanstra's Dutch short documentary film Glas (1958). We extend this playful style by reversing, speeding, and slowing time, so that viewers can focus on the essence of the process.

A carefully timed original score accentuates the playing with fire. The music was composed by Andrei Matorin and performed on violin, cello, and bass.


Platinum Reel Award Winner Nevada Film Festival 2011
Honorable Mention Award
Experimental Film Category
Los Angeles New Wave International Film Festival 2011

Film Festival Showings

November 3-6, 2011 7th River's Edge International Film Festival
Paducah, Kentucky
Nov. 4 @ 9:00pm
Nov. 6 @ 3:00pm
November 4-19, 2011 30th Three Rivers Film Festival
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Competitive Shorts Program
Nov. 18 @ 7:00pm
Nov. 19 @ 3:30pm
December 1-31, 2011 Creative Arts Film Festival Screening Room
February 16-19, 2012 7th Annual Macon Film Festival
Macon, Atlanta
Douglass Theatre
Friday @ 11:30-1:20pm
Sunday @ 6:40-8:25pm
April 12-22, 2012 6th Annual Buffalo Niagara Film Festival
Buffalo, New York
Apr. 14 @ 3:00-5:00pm
April 26-May 3, 2012 13th Annual Newport Beach Film Festival
Newport Beach, California
Apr. 28 @ 4:00pm

Other Showings

A work-in-progress version of the film was shown at two museums to introduce Lino's latest work, as well as at a few special events:

February 19–May 22, 2011 Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti
Palazzo Cavilli-Franchetti
Venice, Italy
Lino Tagliapietra
da Murano allo Studio Glass
opere 1954–2011
March 13–18, 2011 Schloss Dagstuhl
Wadern, Germany
Seminar on Computational Geometry
March 25–27, 2011 CraftBoston
Boston, Massachusetts
April 6, 2011 Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Cambridge, Massachusetts
public showing
6pm, room 6-120
April 7–9, 2011 The Entertainment Gathering
Monterey, California
April 8, 2011 Mobilia Gallery Glass Quake Symposium
Boston, Massachusetts
April 30, 2011 MIT150: Under the Dome
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Stratton Student Center
2nd floor
May 27–August 28, 2011 Hallwylska museet
Stockholm, Sweden
Samtida konstglas från Murano —
ur Fondazione di Venezias samlingar

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