Curious Worlds screens on April 21 at 1 p.m. at A/perture 1 and on April 23 at 5 p.m. at SECCA as part of RiverRun Film Festival in Winston-Salem. Director Olympia Stone will be in attendance for all screenings.

by Sayaka Matsuoka

Curious Worlds


David Beck is a sort of modern-day Leonardo da Vinci.

Half artist and half inventor, Beck produces eclectic sculptures that engage viewers through music, motion and meticulous detail. Inspired by Gothic relief carvings, Beck crafts everything from intricate palaces with tiny moving people inside to creatures like the extinct dodo bird; all of his hand-crafted pieces are mechanized. Curious Worlds delves into the life and process of a modern renaissance man as he creates peculiar worlds that fascinate and instill wonder not unlike the ones by filmmakers Tim Burton and Hayao Miyazaki. The film not only captures the magic of Beck’s work but also invites viewers into the mind of an artistic Houdini and his strange yet beautiful interpretations of the world we live in.

Curious Worlds: The Art and Imagination of David Beck, dir. Olympia Stone, 68 min., 2014

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