Michael Portnoy: Provocateur

Director: Michael Portnoy

Institute History

  • 2009 Sundance Film Festival


Performance artist Michael Portnoy's Provocateur puts an artistic spin on the television talk-show format. Portnoy's long-standing investigation of social exchange and the rules of communication and play has led him to create the television show Provocateur for Ovation TV, where art, performance and conversation collide. Episodes are filmed in front of a live audience, and guests will be chosen from the Festival community for their capacity to challenge status quo as they push their work and our perception to the edge. Provocateur invites us to think outside the box and develop our critical sense as Portnoy leads us to a new style of TV interview, where the seriousness of Charlie Rose disputes the decalage of Andy Warhol and absurdity of Ali G/Borat. Throw in a dash of psychotherapy, and you have Provocateur.

Commissioned by Ovation TV.

Screening Details

  • Section: New Frontier
  • Film Type: Artist
  • Country: U.S.A.
  • Run Time: 7 min.


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