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Emile Norman: By His Own Design (2007)

TV Movie  |   |  Documentary, Biography, History  |  23 June 2008 (USA)
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Avant garde artist and bohemian Emile Norman is profiled and his life as an out and proud gay man in Big Sur, California is examined.



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Cast overview:
Emile Norman ...
Angus Whyte ...
Himself - Art Dealer
C. Kevin Smith ...
Himself - Writer
Jeffrey Mallory ...
Himself - Information Technologist
Willa Kim ...
Herself - Costume Designer
Phil Linhares ...
Himself - Chief Curator of Art, Oakland Museum of California
Jed Potter
Mike Trotter ...
Himself - Emile's Caretaker
Brooks Clement ...
Himself (archive sound)
Henry Miller ...
Himself (archive footage)
Giovanni Boraccini ...
Himself - Carrara Marble Quarry Owner
Joseph Jennings ...
Himself - Music Director
Phil Wilder ...
Himself - Singer


The life of artist Emile Norman is chronicled in this compelling documentary profile, which essays the 88-year-old's lifelong dedication to his art, as well as his personal life as an "out" gay man long before it was safe or fashionable, and the creation of his own lifestyle in his private compound in the Santa Lucia Mountains of Big Sur, California. Norman, whose mixed-media works include the grand marble relief and ornate mosaic window of San Francisco's Nob Hill Masonic Center, found success in New York but choose to settle in and live his life in Big Sur, California where he built his own artistic shangri la. Written by trivwhiz

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Emile Norman died in a Monterey, California hospice on September 24, 2009, two years after the completion of this documentary, and less than one week after ceasing work on the creation of new art due to old age infirmity. See more »


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