Bara Jichova Tyson is a New York City-based artist and filmmaker originally from the Czech Republic. Her first feature hybrid documentary film, Talking About Adultery, will premiere as an official selection at the 2019 Sheffield Doc/Fest, and is nominated for the 2019 Sheffield Doc/Fest New Talent Award.
Bara Jichova Tyson's feature film, Organ Player, which she co-wrote and edited (directed by Narcissister), was selected for the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. Prior, she edited the feature documentary film, Instructions on Parting (directed by Amy Jenkins), which premiered at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) 2018 Doc Fortnight.
Her short documentary film, The Hatch House, won best short experimental documentary at the 2016 Fine Arts Film Festival (FAFF) in Venice, California, and was an official selection of the 2016 Architecture and Design Film Festival in New York City and Los Angeles, and the 2016 American Documentary Film Festival (AmDocs) in Palm Springs. In 2013, she co-produced and edited Built on Narrow Land, a feature documentary directed by Malachi Connolly, about Bauhaus architecture on Cape Cod.
Jichova Tyson has exhibited her 2D work and photography in solo and group shows, including: at the Greene Naftali Gallery, Salon Ciel, BBLA, and Pocket Utopia - all in New York. She was art director of Now, Forager, a feature film by Jason Cortlund and Julia Halperin, which was part of the 2012 New Directors/New Films Festival organized jointly by MoMA and the Film Society of Lincoln Center. The film was a nominee for the Gotham Independent Film Awards, and had a worldwide release.
Jichova Tyson studied fine art at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam, and received her BFA at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston. She is a 2016 recipient of The MacDowell Colony Fellowship.
What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Complete concentration and focus on whatever I am doing. Overcoming fear. Hearing my 2-year old son laughing. Good cup of coffee. Realizing i forgot about my self. Punking with my husband. Being in some empty space without people and without anything being advertised to me. Having hope.
What lies at the heart of your own desire to make films?
I come from an artist family, and creative work was something i just always did, so making films is an extension of that. Through film I can communicate something that i can't communicate through words as easily. You can give a voice to people. You can help them to tell their stories. I love to tell stories not only with images but with sound and music--playing with time. To me, film is more like a sculpture. I love that film viewing has this communal aspect to it seeing film in the cinema with others.
What are the first things you do in developing a film idea in response to a subject?
It all starts in the gut. It has to be some idea that has been sitting with me for a long time. Something that bothers me. Something I don’t quite understand. I take notes. I read books and articles. I listen to music. I talk to people. The film I am showing here at Doc/Fest was born that way. I collected lot of material over the years and I worked on the film the way I work on a collage. I had lot of questions about the topic, so i started recording interviews long before i knew what kind of film I was going to make. It all falls in place during the process, but it has to come from the gut first.
What’s your favourite film and why?
Hard question, I don't really have one favorite, but there are films I love a lot.
La Jette from Chris Marker for it’s otherworldly genius. Dogtooth from Yorgos Lanthimos for it’s cleverness, humor and darkness. Marketa Lazarova from Vlacil for his mastery of the film craft, especially sound and cinematography.
Choose 1, 2 or 3 of your all-time favourite music tracks!
Arvo Part - "Spiegel im Spiegel'
Pilence pee by Bulgarian Choir
Miles Davis: Kind Of Blue the whole album
From your favourite poem – could you give us a few lines that mean something to you?
…..I want to look at death
with eyes like my own baby eyes,
not yet blinded by knowledge.
I told this to my friend the monk,
and he said, Want, want, want.
Poem by By Chase Twichell
What is your greatest extravagance?
Predicting the future. Having good health insurance, which is pretty extravagant in the USA where i live.
Being able to do creative work.
What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally?
Being challenged in some way. Solitude. Experiencing the good work of others. Interesting passionate people. Fierceness and endurance.
What is your final word?
I don’t know yet, it’s coming.
You can check out the details and booking for Bara's film Talking About Adultery here
For more information about the film you can also take a look at Bara's website Talkingaboutadultery.com