The Loft Film Fest is presented by the National Endowment for the Arts and Desert Diamond Casinos & Entertainment. Special thanks to our film sponsor, The University of Arizona Center for Creative Photography!

Matt Smith (The Crown, Doctor Who) plays Robert Mapplethorpe in this compelling biopic about arguably one of the most controversial photographers in American history.

“Director Ondi Timor isn’t afraid to stare at the artist’s outrageous life – or his full-frontal photos. Matt Smith brings the controversial photographer to vivid life.” – Dan Callahan, The Wrap

From the artist’s early days as best friend to Patti Smith in early ’70 NYC, to his relationship with curator Sam Wagstaff, to his untimely death at the age of 42, Mapplethorpe explores the intersection of his art and his sexuality, his struggle for mainstream recognition, and, looming above it all, the specter of the emerging AIDS crisis. Acclaimed filmmaker Ondi Timoner (DIG!; We Live in Public), utilizing a wealth of Mapplethorpe’s provocative, explicit and stunningly beautiful photographs to drive the action, rekindles the excitement and tragedy of Mapplethorpe’s life and career as he electrified the contemporary art world, indulged his own self-destructive impulses and immortalized a sexually-uninhibited generation facing the impending chaos of a deadly new disease. (Dir. by Ondi Timoner, 2018, USA, 102 mins., Not Rated). Other festivals: Tribeca; Frameline | Tucson Premiere

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