“A sharp, sweet, eloquent documentary about the merriest, most artistically expansive minimalist on record. Many a sonic imagination was fed by Conrad. His work and his life asserted the importance of listening for the sounds nobody else has heard. A love letter to a specific period of downtown Manhattan bohemia…Hubby’s film captures Conrad in all his facets, as longtime Buffalo, N.Y., media professor, and more broadly as a man determined to make "abstract art funny, happy, energetic, joyful." Now a sort of wake, but because the film’s really good, it’ll be a wake full of life.” – Chicago Tribune


"Highly recommended" – RogerEbert.com  


"An exploration of avant-garde art that has little time for elitism or pretense. Hubby captures an artistic personality that could manifest big ideas without a shred of snobbery, could deflate pomposity while still inviting deep thought.” – The Hollywood Reporter


"It’s hard to imagine a better tribute to Tony Conrad than Tyler Hubby’s film. Tony Conrad: Completely in the Present does an admirable job of compressing a massively important and influential career into a feature-length documentary without feeling rushed. It’s tough to imagine watching this film and not feeling immediately compelled to dive into Tony Conrad’s work." – Daily Grindhouse


“An unpretentious portrait of a singular artist. It requires no prerequisite knowledge of the subject, but it never shies away from its complex radicalism” – The WIRE

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"Conrad’s desire to upset the distinctions between artist, audience and media is one theme running through Hubby’s warm portrait of the artist as a lifelong contrarian…capturing a working life spent running counter to master plans and grand narratives, yet still devoted to perpetual motion." 

– Sight&Sound


"Excellent, incisive" –The Stranger 


"Completely in the Present aims to remove much of the structure of your typical documentary film by taking a nonlinear path through Conrad’s life. The narrative jumps around five decades yet there remains a beautifully clear understanding of his life and works. In the opening titles, a fabulously edited and timed sequence of Conrad’s art provides an abridgement to the interesting, fun, and occasionally odd, world we’re about to enter." – FilmMonthly


“The film is superb; I'll just say that I laughed out loud literally dozens of times -- usually at the comic timing with which Tony delivers a punchline, but also at the sheer number of insane, ingenious left turns as each new artistic project is described. I found myself thinking about person after person who needs to see this, who would be amazed and inspired and chastised and emboldened by the film and its subject.” – David Grubbs, Author / Musician

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