A series of personal and reflective, biographical documentaries that provide the unique opportunity to meet nine of America's finest and most respected artists, to learn of their lives and to better understand their art. Series: 11 or 13 programs (5 to 60 minutes). Click for more
A combined version of Rita Blitt 1: Dancing Hands (Biography); Rita Blitt 2: 'Flag' - A Partriotic Sculutre and Rita Blitt 3: Caught in Paint is available.
Rita Blitt 1: Dancing Hands (Biography)
Rita Blitt is an award-winning painter, sculptor and filmmaker, who has created art all of her life. Her sculptures, some up to sixty feet in height, have been permanently installed and exhibited along with her drawings and paintings, in museums, galleries and public places around the world. This classic biography profiles this celebrated artist who explains how her drawings and paintings, which sometimes become sculpture, are often created using her two hands at once. She says, "When those lines come from my hands, I feel like I am dancing." Her art in fact reflects her love of nature, music and dance. Today, she has studios in Emeryville, California, Aspen, Colorado, and Leawood, Kansas, and continues to conduct workshops where participants are encouraged to let their hands "dance on paper."
Rita Blitt 2: "Flag" - A Patriotic Sculpture
This short program is a rousing, patriotic creation by artist Rita Blitt of an American flag created in sparkling red, white and blue Plexiglas, which contrasts the creation of the 1748 flag of Betsy Ross.
Rita Blitt 3: Caught in Paint
Best Short Documentary -Boulder Intl. Film Festival
Best Documentary -Golden Star Shorts Fest
Best Short Documentary -The Indie Gathering
Best Documentary -Tacoma Film Festival
Director’s Citation Award -Black Maria Film Festival
Grand Festival Award -Berkeley Film Festival
This multi-award winning short documentary captures artist Rita Blitt painting on four by eight foot transparent surfaces while David Parsons and members of the Parsons Dance Company are seen in mid-air imitating the dancing lines of Blitt’s paint strokes. Lois Greenfield, who collaborated in this union of paint, dance and photography, made still photographs as she, too, was being filmed. 99-03/10DE IJSCA 42 min.
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