FDL Movie Night: The Genius of Marian

By: Monday September 1, 2014 4:59 pm

I remember when my mother was dying — or, more accurately, when I realized she was dying. My first thought was that it couldn’t be happening, because life without her wasn’t imaginable. I looked around to hit the STOP button somewhere, but there just wasn’t one. So I resigned myself to the awful fact that I was indeed going to lose her, and all I could think about was how I could fill the time I had left with her with things that were meaningful and express to her all she meant to me.

The Genius of Marian is ostensibly about filmmaker Banker White’s late grandmother, the painter Marian Steele, and his mother Pam’s desire to memorialize her work. But Marian’s art winds up playing a very small (though important) role in the film, which soon becomes a three year study of Pam’s own decline due to early-onset Alzheimer’s at the age of 61.


Late Night: The Discovery of St. George and the Dragon on the Walls of an Ancient Church in Wales

By: Saturday December 7, 2013 8:00 pm

It’s unbelievable what was found under the lime-wash on the walls in the ancient church of St. Cadoc in Southern Wales, the church architect notice a line of red paint and on further investigation and then elbow grease, St. George and the Dragon appeared.

FDL Movie Night: Cutie and the Boxer

By: Monday August 26, 2013 4:59 pm

Love, the creative spirit, chaos, and rivalry: The lives of Ushio Shinohara, an innovative octogenarian artist who punches the canvas with boxing gloves wrapped in paint soaked sponges, and his 61-year old artist wife Noriko are the subjects of the the complex and deep documentary Cutie and the Boxer, directed by tonight’s guest, Zachary Heinzerling.

First-time director Heinzerling spent several years documenting the couple who live a financially and emotionally tenuous life in Brooklyn.

Movie Night Preview: “Robert Williams Mr Bitchin”

By: Sunday July 28, 2013 6:20 pm

Big and bold, yet refined and precise–these are the hallmarks of Robert Williams, the breakthrough  painter whose works shifted the  direction of contemporary art. Monday’s movie, Robert Williams, Mr Bitchin takes us through the painter’s life, with stops along the way to (re) discover the Piltdown Man, King Farouk, hot rods, hippies, sexy women, censorship and the origins of the universe.

FDL Movie Night: “Beauty Is Embarrassing–The Wayne White Story”

By: Monday September 10, 2012 5:00 pm

Who says fine art can’t be humorous?

Wayne White’s art isn’t highbrow. It isn’t Lowbrow. But it qualifies as both. It’s American in the best of ways: Pure, funny, shoot-from-the-hip, self-made, inventive, imaginative. Wayne White is Will Rogers with a paintbrush and a hot glue gun, an artist whose work greeted attendees at Art Basel in Miami, and whose influence–Mark Mothersbaugh calls him one of the founding fathers of American Pop Art–exploded from that most American of mediums, the television.

Art at FDL: Seeing and Being

By: Sunday February 7, 2010 7:00 pm

What did the people of his time who looked at this Annunciation by Simone di Martini see when they looked at it? You can get a close look at central image using the image viewer at the excellent Artchive Site.

Staring Back at Van Gogh

By: Sunday January 31, 2010 6:00 pm

A look at the work of impressionist painter Vincent Van Gogh.

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