This haunting, yet beautiful documentary film about artist Francesca Woodman features a score written by Kennesaw State New Music Festival featured composer David Lang and recorded by featured performers Sō Percussion, who will provide commentary to the film's creation and provide a performance along with the screening at this event. Woodman's haunting black and white photographs, many of them nude self-portraits, now reside in the pantheon of great photography from the late 20th century. The daughter of a ceramicist and a painter/photographer, Woodman was a precocious art student who came to New York with the intention of setting the art world on fire. But in 1981, as a despondent 22-year-old, she committed suicide. "The Woodmans" beautifully interweaves the young artist's work (including experimental videos and diary passages) with interviews with the parents who have nurtured her artistic reputation for the past 30 years while continuing to make art of their own in the face of tragedy. The film grapples with disturbing issues, including parent-child competition and the toxic level of ambition that fuels the New York art scene.
*Recommended for audiences ages 16 and older
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