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Subject: Arts: Art & Artists

The Art Appreciation Series

A series of documentaries that opens one's eyes to a deeper appreciation of art, reflecting not only on great art and artists, but also on the positive affects art and design have on society as a whole. Series: 7 or 9 programs (10 to 60 minutes). Click for more

The Renaissance of Mata Ortiz

Renaissance of Mata Ortiz, The

Director's Choice: Best Arts Film -Sedona International Film Festival
Best Editing Award -DOCUTAH Int'l Film Festival
Best Art Documentary -Archaeology Channel Int'l Film Festival

"Highly Recommended! A fascinating look at contemporary Mexican art and culture." It winningly tells the tale of MacCallum's unlikely odyssey as an arts promoter, while also provides a fascinating portrait of Quezada's equally unlikely rise to prominence. The footage capturing the creation of Quezada's painstakingly precise designs is wonderful, and MacCallum and Quezada's accounts are compelling." -Video Librarian
When anthropologist Spencer MacCallum walked into a second-hand store in Deming, New Mexico, in 1976 and bought three pieces of pottery, he had no idea that he was about to embark on a journey that would lead to the revival of an ancient art form. Finding his way to Mata Ortiz, México, MacCallum partnered with self-taught artist Juan Quezada and slowly they created an industry that today is known worldwide not only for its interpretations of a centuries-old style of ceramics, but for stunning post-modern works as well. This absorbing documentary tells the improbable story of how Quezada (without a kiln or a potter's wheel and using only found materials) and MacCallum both experienced creative and personal breakthroughs which led to dazzling, innovating works by Quezada and a passing of the torch to younger, award-winning artists such as Diego Valles. Produced by Scott Petersen. 2011 JSCA 54 min. 16:9





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