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Photographer Rosamond Purcell specializes in beautiful, yet unsettling images of natural and man-made objects. Her work has garnered international acclaim and she has released numerous books, including “Book Nest,” “A Glorious Enterprise: The Museum of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia,” and “Owls Head: On the Nature of Lost Things,” which covers Purcell’s 20-year photographic “excavation” of a Maine junk yard. She has also collaborated with historian Stephen Jay Gould, magician Ricky Jay, and Shakespeare scholar Michael Witmore.
Read More: ‘An Art That Nature Makes’ Exclusive Trailer: New Doc Examines Rosamond Purcell’s Essential Work
Now, director Molly Bernstein (“Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay”) has directed a new film entitled “An Art That Nature Makes,” that details the photographer’s oeuvre of work and how she has found unexpected beauty in the discarded and decayed, straddling the line between the breathtaking and the disturbed. Watch an exclusive clip from the film below. »
- Vikram Murthi
Molly Bernstein’s “An Art That Nature Makes: The Work of Rosamond Purcell” examines the life and career of photographer Rosamond Purcell, bringing light to a major presence long unrecognized by the art world. A collector of objects that’s curious about human beings’ obsessive need to collect, Purcell is not an easily classifiable artist, but she’s someone who uses material objects as a medium to understand the collective human psyche. The daughter of an eminent Harvard University historian, she grew up in an academic environment where the written word was sacred, but eventually gravitated towards images both emotionally and intellectually challenging. Some of the images in her work include an old, discarded book transformed by the steady work of hungry termites, and a meticulously arranged box of human molars collected by Peter the Great. The documentary features interviews with not only Purcell, but admirers such as author Jonathan Safran Foer, »
- Vikram Murthi
With SXSW 2016 beginning this weekend, film fans will descend upon Austin, Texas to see some of the latest, and hopefully greatest, films that studios and distributors have come down the pipeline. However, not every film that plays this prestigious festival, even those that become buzzed about hits, end up getting a speedy release. Take Justin Lerner’s The Automatic Hate for example.
Becoming something of a small hit at last year’s festival, Lerner’s new film is finally arriving in theaters on March 11 thanks to Film Movement, and will hopefully find an eager audience going forward.
His follow-up to 2010’s oddly magnetic Girlfriend, a film that’s an engaging piece of craft more than it is a genuinely great narrative feature, Automatic Hate is a beast of a different color. Davis Green (played by Joseph Cross) is an unassuming chef in the throes of what may or may not »
- Joshua Brunsting
When Davis Green’s (Joseph Cross) alluring young cousin Alexis (Adelaide Clemens) appears on his doorstep one night, he discovers that a side of his family has been kept secret from him. Against his father’s wishes, Davis travels to rural, upstate New York to meet his other cousins. While wrestling with a taboo attraction to one another, he and Alexis attempt to reunite their families, uncovering the reasons behind a long-standing rift and the shocking secret that tore their fathers apart. Together, their discoveries force them to confront the temptation to keep their familial grudge going rather than end it.
- Amie Cranswick
Family secrets and a taboo attraction clash in director Justin Lerner's "The Automatic Hate." And after spending last year on the festival circuit stopping at SXSW, Seattle, and Woodstock (and picking up a Silver Audience Award at Mill Valley), the film is headed to theaters and today we have the exclusive trailer. Read More: SXSW Adds Jake Gyllenhaal's 'Demolition' Plus New Films By Ty West, Mike Birbiglia, And More Joseph Cross , Adelaide Clemens, Deborah Ann Woll, Richard Schiff, and Ricky Jay, star in the drama that follows Davis Green who discovers he has a family didn't know about, when a cousin he never knew one day lands on his doorstep. But soon something brews between them beyond a shared past. Here's the official synopsis: When Davis Green's (Joseph Cross) alluring young cousin Alexis (Adelaide Clemens) appears on his doorstep one night, he discovers that a side »
- Edward Davis
The first thing you’ll think while looking at the infinitely intricate art of Matthias Buchinger — possibly through extra-large magnifying glasses — will be Unbelievable. Consider the interlacing ornamentation, teeny-tiny penmanship, minuscule portraits, and other feats of drawing that dazzle on their own terms; then consider that Buchinger was born in Germany in 1674 without hands or legs and, with the help of brushes and tools attached to his stumps, became, in addition to a world-class illusionist and magician (part of the exhibition is drawn from the collection of Ricky Jay), among the greatest calligraphers of his time and a master of the art of micrography (drawing with words). Also, he could thread a needle, was a marksman, and worked in four languages all over Europe. And he fathered 14 children by four wives and was famous enough for his profligacy, in addition to his work, that in England “Buckinger’s »
- Jerry Saltz
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