Brush with Life: The Art of Being Edward Biberman (2007)

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A turbulent century, a grand romance, and a passionate search for artistic independence come alive.



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Credited cast:
Edward Biberman ...
Himself (archive footage)
Herbert J. Biberman ...
Himself (archive footage)
Alexander Calder ...
Himself (archive footage)
Herself (archive footage)
Martha Graham ...
Herself (archive footage)
Dashiell Hammett ...
Himself (archive footage)
Herself (archive footage)
Frida Kahlo ...
Herself (archive footage)
Isamu Noguchi ...
Himself (archive footage)
Georgia O'Keeffe ...
Herself (archive footage)
Diego Rivera ...
Himself (archive footage)
Himself (archive footage)
Herself (archive footage)
Anne Strick ...
Herself - Interviewee
Jeremy Strick ...
Himself - Interviewee


Edward Biberman's groundbreaking depictions of Southern California's haunting urban beauty are today more powerful than ever, as is his determination to live by the same high standard he set for his art. Moving from youthful struggles as he traveled from Paris, to New York, to the American West, Brush With Life illuminates Biberman's growing commitment to social justice, a progressive patriotism through WWII and the McCarthy-era (when Edward's brother, Herbert Biberman, went to prison as one of The Hollywood Ten), and the growth of a singular artistic vision. With epic scope, remarkable characters, and breathtaking paintings, Brush With Life encompasses one man's inspiring efforts to create a loving family life and a body of work that still dazzles. It's an unforgettable journey, an overdue tribute to a brilliant artist, and a rare glimpse into the heart of a deeply humane man. Written by Anna Kirgo

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An epic portrait of a visionary artist







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Edward Biberman met his future wife Sonja Dahl Biberman at and anti-Fascist rally at the Los Angeles home of actor Lionel Stander. The location of that home is now a Ralph's Supermarket at La Brea and Third Avenue. See more »


References Salt of the Earth (1954) See more »

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