Art History

BRILLO BOX (3¢ OFF)
BRILLO BOX (3¢ OFF)

Family Relations  Art History  American Studies  Media Studies  New York City  Directed by Women  Economics  2017 

Brillo Box (3¢ off) follows a beloved Andy Warhol Brillo Box sculpture as it makes its way from a family's living room to a record-breaking Christie's auction, blending a humourous family narrative with Pop Art history, and exploring how we navigate the ephemeral nature of art and value.

ALMOST THERE
ALMOST THERE

Kartemquin Films  Art History  Aging / Gerontology  Psychology & Psychiatry  Disabilities  Cinema Studies  Media Studies  Family Relations  Criminal & Law  Health  American Studies  Photography  Human Sexuality  2017 

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  Pacific Street Films 

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.

BAM150
BAM150

Performing Arts  Art History  New York City  Dance  Music  American History  2013 

A fascinating behind-the-scenes look at the staging of a major operatic production, Verdi's masterpiece, "La Traviata," starring world-famous French coloratura soprano Natalie Dessay and directed by the celebrated Jean-Francois Sivardier.

SKINNINGROVE
SKINNINGROVE

Photography  Anthropology  Short Films  2013  Art History 

In this brilliant, lucid short documentary - winner of the Jury Award at the Sundance Film Festival - acclaimed filmmaker Michael Almereyda visits renowned photographer Chris Killip and allows him to reflect on photographs he took of an isolated fishing village nearly thirty years ago.

ROTHSTEIN’S FIRST ASSIGNMENT
ROTHSTEIN’S FIRST ASSIGNMENT

Photography  Health  American Studies  Anthropology  Art History  2011 

When FSA photographer Arthur Rothstein came to Virginia in 1935, his assignment was to photograph local residents displaced by Shenandoah National Park. But as this documentary uncovers, Rothstein would play a role in the forced institutionalization and sterilization of many of the area's residents, establishing a disturbing connection between the American eugenics movement and Depression-era documentary work.

PUPPET
PUPPET

Performing Arts  American Studies  LGBTQ  Photography  Art History  Psychology & Psychiatry  2011 

Centered around the development and staging of a complex work of modern puppet theater, this illuminating documentary offers a look at the fascinating history of American puppetry - its cultural roots and influence - as well as its current renaissance.

CHILD OF GIANTS: my journey with maynard dixon and dorothea lange
CHILD OF GIANTS: my journey with maynard dixon and dorothea lange

Art History  Photography  American History  Psychology & Psychiatry  Family Relations  Native American Studies  2011 

An intimate appreciation of two iconic American artists, photographer Dorothea Lange and painter Maynard Dixon, this engrossing documentary recounts their story from the unique perspective of their eldest son, featuring plentiful examples of their work alongside rare and never-before-seen photographs.

HIDDEN TREASURES: STORIES FROM A GREAT MUSEUM
HIDDEN TREASURES: STORIES FROM A GREAT MUSEUM

Art History  Psychology & Psychiatry  2011  Directed by Women 

A beautiful and illuminating investigation into the ineffable relationship we have with art, Hidden Treasures introduces us to people who spend their days and nights surrounded by great works of art and have developed powerful, life-changing bonds.

CHINA, THE EMPIRE OF ART?
CHINA, THE EMPIRE OF ART?

Asian Studies  Art History  Photography  2010  Directed by Women 

In the past twenty years, some of the most provocative, controversial and sought-after art has been made in China. This documentary profiles the booming art scene, from new art schools inundated with applications to leading Chinese artists whose work is selling for record breaking prices on the global art market.

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