Art History

ALMOST THERE
ALMOST THERE

2016  Kartemquin Films  Art History  Aging / Gerontology  Psychology & Psychiatry  Disabilities  Cinema Studies  Media Studies  Family Relations  Criminal & Law  Health  American Studies  Photography  Human Sexuality 

Humorous and candid, Kartemquin Films' documentary Almost There is a fascinating portrait of eccentric "outsider" artist Peter Anton. Living in a home that has been consumed by mold and filth, the octogenarian has produced a startling collection of unseen paintings, drawings, and notebooks. The film’s remarkable journey follows this witty and gifted artist through startling twists and turns.

HANDMADE WITH LOVE IN FRANCE
HANDMADE WITH LOVE IN FRANCE

2016  Art History  Cultural Studies  Europe  Business  Directed by Women 

An elegantly crafted peek into the secret world of the master craftsmen behind the dazzling designs of Dior, Chanel and Yves Saint Laurent. A touching reflection on the disappearance of crafts, Handmade with Love in France examines the challenges these ateliers face as couture and luxury evolves, the pace of fashion and its impact on handcraft, and the continuing rise of technology and succession.

DRESSING AMERICA: tales from the garment center
DRESSING AMERICA: tales from the garment center

American Studies  Art History  Jewish Studies  New York City  2015  Business 

A captivating documentary that depicts the history of New York’s garment center, Dressing America explores how this business grew from humble beginnings into an industry that’s dressed America.

BECAUSE I WAS A PAINTER
BECAUSE I WAS A PAINTER

2015  Art History  Jewish Studies  World History  Europe 

In 1945, when the Allies liberated the concentration camps, they discovered thousands of secretly created artworks. These drawings, hidden from the Nazis, offer an unparalleled understanding of life in the camps. Featuring interviews with surviving artists, this fascinating documentary considers the ability of art to capture, reflect and survive under unimaginable conditions.

FLORE
FLORE

2015  Health  Disabilities  Death & Dying  Art History  Aging / Gerontology  Medicine 

A touching film about hope and dignity that asks how we as a society care for our elderly, Flore is an intimate documentary about the director's relationship with his mother, who has been diagnosed with Alzheimers. Refusing to watch his mother waste away under hospital care, Lievre brings her to a seaside cottage in Corsica, where despite all the doctors’ prognoses, she begins to recover.

DISCOVERY IN A PAINTING
DISCOVERY IN A PAINTING

2014  Cinema Studies  Art History 

A marvelous exploration of Cezanne’s “Still Life with Apples,” Leo Hurwitz and Manny Kirchheimer probe the mysteries of this modern masterpiece by simply observing the work, closely, without commentary, focusing on the details – the brushstrokes, the abstract shapes, the color juxtapositions, the hidden pictures – discovering, perhaps, its secrets.

EADWEARD MUYBRIDGE, ZOOPRAXOGRAPHER
EADWEARD MUYBRIDGE, ZOOPRAXOGRAPHER

2014  Photography  Cinema Studies  Art History 

A fascinating investigation into the work of photographer and cinema pioneer Eadweard Muybridge, Thom Andersen’s (Los Angeles Plays Itself, Red Hollywood, Reconversao) much-lauded documentary incorporates a biographical overview of its subject with a re-animation of his historic sequential photographs as well as concise and innovative analysis.

TERRACE OF THE SEA
TERRACE OF THE SEA

Sensory Ethnography Lab  Photography  Middle Eastern Studies  Anthropology  2014  Art History  Directed by Women 

Filmed in an unofficial Palestinian Bedouin camp that was established in 1948 on a stretch of beach in South Lebanon, Terrace of the Sea uses a collection of family photographs taken over three generations as a prism through which to reflect on memory, loss and history.

STILL LIFE
STILL LIFE

Sensory Ethnography Lab  2014  Anthropology  Photography  Aging / Gerontology  Middle Eastern Studies  Art History  Directed by Women 

"The Arab governments pushed us out of our homes… I was twelve years old… I’ve been here for 60 years." A beautiful, poignant, documentary, Still Life examines the effect a collection of personal photos showing life in Palestine before the 1948 displacement have on an elderly Palestinian fisherman living in exile in Lebanon.

CELLULOID MAN
CELLULOID MAN

Art History  Cinema Studies  Asian Studies  2014 

An enthralling journey through the history of Indian cinema, Celluloid Man is a portrait of P.K Nair, the legendary founder-director of the National Film Archive of India. Featuring extensive interviews and film clips, this is a gorgeous cinematic tribute to 'India's Henry Langlois' and to the importance of preservation.

AGNES VARDA: FROM HERE TO THERE
AGNES VARDA: FROM HERE TO THERE

Art History  Cinema Studies  2014  Directed by Women 

The much-anticipated follow up to Agnes Varda's The Beaches of Agnes, From Here to There is a five-part documentary series that chronicles the peerless and indefatigable director's travels around the world, meeting friends, artists and filmmakers, for an expansive view of the contemporary art scene.

TIME ZERO: the last year of polaroid film
TIME ZERO: the last year of polaroid film

Photography  Media Studies  Art History  2014  Business 

An in-depth chronicle of the birth, death and resurrection of Polaroid instant film, Time Zero is an illuminating documentary that looks at the impact this iconic American product has had photographers, families and popular culture over the decades - as well as the recent efforts to save it from obsolescence.

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