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GIFT Community Screening with Filmmaker Robin McKenna

July 17, 2019 11:56 am

GHENT — Hawthorne Valley to Premiere GIFT. A tribute to something that can’t be measured or counted, bought or sold, GIFT will screen at Hawthorne Valley (330 County Route 21C, Ghent, NY 12075) on Saturday, July 27th at 7 p.m. Following the screening, filmmaker Robin McKenna will be in conversation with Hawthorne Valley’s Executive Director, Martin Ping. Donations will be gratefully accepted at the door.

Inspired by Lewis Hyde’s beloved classic The Gift: Creativity and the Artist in the Modern World, GIFT is a richly cinematic film that explores the parallels between artists’ work and a gift economy. Director, producer and writer Robin McKenna artfully interweaves the stories of a young indigenous man undertaking preparations for a potlatch, an Italian living museum occupied by migrant families, a bumblebee art car at Burning Man, and artist Lee Mingwei sharing the “transformative gift” of song. The real-life gift economies in the film challenge the logic of global capitalism, inviting us to reflect on the creative process and the reasons we labor in service of our gifts. A tribute to something that can’t be measured or counted, bought or sold, GIFT is a celebration of the imagination, and the transformative power of art.

In the words of Lewis Hyde, “What we have been given must be given away, not kept—the gift must always move.”


ABOUT GAUDETE FILMS: Gaudete Films is a Toronto-based production company specializing in artful, creative documentary films.

ABOUT INTUITIVE PICTURES: Intuitive Pictures is a Montreal-based production company helmed by Ina Fichman which has been producing creative documentaries and interactive digital media for the past 25 years.


Hawthorne Valley Association (HVA) is a diverse nonprofit in Ghent, New York, located in Columbia County - part of the scenic Hudson Valley. Committed to social and cultural renewal through education, agriculture, the arts and research, HVA’s integrated learning campus is embedded in a 900-acre Biodynamic farm. The Association includes: a Waldorf school; on-farm education programs; a full-line organic and natural foods and grocery store; social, ecological and cultural research groups; teacher education programs; arts initiatives and more. Follow on Instagram @hawthornevalley, on Twitter @HawthorneV_NY, and on Facebook. For more information, visit