Gary Hustwit

Dezeen Awards 2021 judge Gary Hustwit

Gary Hustwit is a filmmaker and visual artist based in New York.

Hustwit has produced 13 feature documentaries, including the award-winning I Am Trying To Break Your Heart, Oddsac, and Mavis!. He worked with punk label SST Records in the late-1980s, releasing music for bands like Black Flag, Sonic Youth, and Dinosaur Jr. Hustwit ran independent book publishing house Incommunicado Press during the 1990s, was vice president of media website Salon.com in 2000, and started indie DVD label Plexifilm in 2001, releasing over 40 films, including work by the Maysles brothers, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Andy Warhol, and David Byrne.

In 2007 he released Helvetica, the world’s first feature-length documentary about graphic design and typography. The film marked the beginning of a trilogy, with Objectified in 2009, and Urbanized in 2011. Workplace was commissioned for the 2016 Venice Biennale of Architecture.

Hustwit's films have screened at Sundance Film Festival, South by Southwest Film Festival, and Toronto International Film Festival, among others. He was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Helvetica, and has served on the grand juries of Sundance Film Festival, IFP Gotham Awards, and Full Frame Documentary Film Festival. Hustwit was named one of the 100 most creative people in business by Fast Company. He is a member of the documentary branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

His work has been featured in exhibitions at the MoMA, Cooper Hewitt, Design Museum London, Venice Biennale, Paul Kasmin Gallery, Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Storefront for Art and Architecture, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Korea, and the Colette Gallery in Paris, among others.

In 2016 Hustwit launched Scenic, a virtual reality content studio focusing on non-fiction VR work. His VR work includes the collaboration with filmmaker Sam Green, This Is What the Future Looked Like, exploring the work and legacy of Buckminster Fuller.

Hustwit is also a design collaborator at Koll Guitars.



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