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A feature length documentary film to be released in 2015 datunamovie.com


Genre: Documentary Feature  (74 min) USA
Director: Brian Bayerl
Writers: Brian Bayerl, Michael Huter
Producers: Michael Huter
Cast: David Datuna, Elizabeth Orlov, Susan Tisch Allan, Det Ansinn, Salome Devidze, James Cavello, Patrick Dawson, Louis Canales, Nik Apostolides, David Datuna Jr. and others.

Documenting the events of one tumultuous year, Datuna: Portrait of America follows the compelling journey of artist David Datuna as he pursues a dream of cultural and artistic freedom in his adopted country, the United States. An émigré from the former USSR, the incredible trek traces his steps from Tbilisi, Moscow, Miami, New York and ultimately to tens of thousands at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in the shadow of the nations capital. As Datuna becomes the first contemporary artist in the world to utilize wearable technology in a work of art, his personal life takes a dramatic turn when the artist discovers he has stage 3 lung cancer. This remarkable story chronicles one man's quest to achieve his dreams against seemingly insurmountable obstacles.

Recent Press:

"As a work of art, Portrait of America marks a dynamic contemporary moment in the intersection of culture and technology. Datuna, an émigré from Soviet Georgia, used wearable technology as a 21st-century tool to illustrate the nation’s continuing sense of “E Pluribus Unum.”  The flag’s symbolism conveys the idea that, despite today’s cultural fragmentation and diversity, we are somehow still bound together, one from many." -SMITHSONIAN MAGAZINE



"Datuna's work reexamines what it means to be American" Fast Company

"The artwork evolves with each interaction" The Verge

"Datuna finds a way to move viewers engagement beyond smartphones and selfies" Hyperallergic

"Portrays important events and figures in American cultural history" Town & Country

"Artist uses new medium" USA TODAY

useumgoers waited in 2-to-3-hour lines" USA TODAY

Datuna’s multifaceted vision of our diverse nation" Washington Post

"Datuna...enters the fourth dimension" BBC

Datuna has created a groundbreaking installation" Smithsonian Magazine


"Viewer becomes part of the artwork" Associated Press

"Datuna Mixes Art with Wearable Technology" NBC

"Patriotic art brought to life" Reuters


"Russian Leaders as Seen by American Artist David Datuna" Moscow Times

"mind-and-eye twisting works by David Datuna" Miami Herald

"Congratulations!" The White House