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Catherine Gund's AGGIE, a portrait of Agnes Gund, receives world premiere at Sundance Film Festival
Agnes Gund and Aggie director Catherine Gund. Photo: Timothy Greenfield-Sanders.


NEW YORK, NY.- Aubin Pictures announced the World Premiere of the feature documentary AGGIE, directed by Catherine Gund, at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. An exploration of the nexus of art, race and justice through the story of art collector and philanthropist Agnes “Aggie” Gund’s extraordinary life, the film will premiere at the festival on January 24. Following its Park City, UT screenings, AGGIE will receive its New York premiere at the Museum of Modern Art’s prestigious Doc Fortnight on February 18.

Emmy-nominated director Catherine Gund focuses on her mother’s journey to give viewers an understanding of the power of art to transform consciousness and inspire social change. Agnes Gund is internationally recognized for her robust and prescient support of artists—particularly women and people of color—and her unwavering commitment to social justice issues. After falling in love with art as a high-school student, Aggie discovers a new way of looking at the world. The documentary opens with Aggie selling Roy Lichtenstein’s “Masterpiece” for $165 million to start the Art for Justice Fund. The proceeds from one of the highest grossing artworks ever sold fuel a monumental effort to reform the American criminal justice system and end mass incarceration. The film captures Aggie as a true maverick, who demonstrates the unique role and potential of collectors and benefactors to use art to fight injustice. This is untapped terrain, and we see Aggie leading the way.

AGGIE was directed by Catherine Gund and produced by Tanya Selvaratnam and Catherine Gund. The film was edited by Gil Seltzer and shot by Catherine Gund, Rachel Lears and Karen Song. The music was composed by Jason Moran.

Catherine Gund is an Emmy-nominated producer, director and activist. Her work focuses on strategic and sustainable social transformation, arts, culture, HIV/AIDS, and reproductive health. Gund’s projects include Chavela, about the iconic Latin American gender-bending diva; Dispatches from Cleveland; America; Born to Fly: Elizabeth Streb vs. Gravity; What’s On Your Plate?; A Touch of Greatness; and Hallelujah! Ron Athey, which have been featured many places, including PBS, Discovery Channel and Netflix.






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