Levitated Mass: The Story of Michael Heizer's Monolithic Sculpture (2014)

Levitated Mass: The Story of Michael Heizer's Monolithic Sculpture
Type Feature Film
MPAA Rating None
Runtime 1hr 28mins.
Genres Documentary
Keywords 2010s, culture, human nature, informational, inspirational, museum, upbeat
Status Released
US Release Date
Name Credit Credited as Role Id Sort Order
Doug Pray Editor n/a 172 7000001
Akron/Family Music n/a 120781 8000001
Edwin Stevens Cinematographer n/a 402 6000003
Doug Pray Cinematographer n/a 402 6000002
Christopher Chomyn Cinematographer n/a 402 6000001
Tiffany Anders Music Supervisor n/a 120872 8000002
Richard Figone Sound n/a 120816 14000001
Luke Brechtold Rerecording Mixer n/a 120856 14000005
Dan Creech Sound Designer n/a 120915 14000006
Kyle Schember Supervising Sound Editor n/a 328 14000004
Cody Skully Sound n/a 120816 14000003
Vincent Schelly Sound n/a 120816 14000002
Erin Heidenreich Associate Producer n/a 171 3000009
Erin Wright Associate Producer n/a 171 3000008
Michael Heizer Himself n/a 121208 1000005
Doug Pray Director n/a 2 2000001
Chrissie Iles Herself n/a 121209 1000004
Ron Elad Himself n/a 121208 1000003
John Bowsher Himself n/a 121208 1000002
Jamie Patricof Producer n/a 3 3000001
Lynette Howell Producer n/a 3 3000002
Stephanie Meurer Co-Producer n/a 170 3000006
Katie McNeill Co-Producer n/a 170 3000007
Dan Stern Executive Producer n/a 174 3000005
Jay Sugarman Executive Producer n/a 174 3000004
Ann Tenenbaum Executive Producer n/a 174 3000003
Michael Govan Himself n/a 121208 1000001
Prominently displayed outside the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, renowned and reclusive land artist Michael Heizer's "Levitated Mass" gained worldwide recognition during its installation in 2012. Over the course of 10 nights, a 340-ton solid granite boulder crawled through Southern California neighborhoods on a 294-foot-long, 206-wheeled trailer, drawing hundreds of camera crews and cell phone shooters alike to document its journey. Tens of thousands of people came out to watch the megalith travel through their communities to its final resting place over a 456-foot-long negative space formed by a concrete slot. "Levitated Mass" is one of the only pieces of art in recent history to inspire such a reaction in pop culture, bringing together the art community, public officials, and the general population to debate the merits and pitfalls of a giant stone suspended above their heads. The film takes on Heizer's passion for this piece and masterfully interweaves this influential artist's biography with the backstory of the art (originally conceptualized in 1968), the dreams of a major museum, and the uniting of a city, examining the perennial question: "What is art?"