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  (in credits order)
Francesca Woodman ... Herself (archive footage)
George Woodman ... Himself
Betty Woodman ... Herself
Charles Woodman ... Himself (as Charlie Woodman)
Patricia Sawin ... Herself
Edwin Frank ... Himself
Sloan Rankin ... Herself
Catherine Chermayeff ... Herself
Sabina Mirri ... Herself
Benjamin ... Himself (archive footage)
Glenn Palmer-Smith ... Himself
Robert Kushner ... Himself
Alexander Woodman ... Himself
Andrea Woodman ... Herself

Directed by
Scott Willis  (as C. Scott Willis)
Produced by
Neil Barrett .... producer
Jeff Werner .... producer
Scott Willis .... producer (as C. Scott Willis)
Original Music by
David Lang 
Cinematography by
Neil Barrett 
Film Editing by
Jeff Werner 
Art Direction by
Ekin Akalin 
Art Department
Collin Willis .... graphic artist
Sound Department
Kennedy Wright .... sound designer
Visual Effects by
Eric Reinhard .... lead compositor
Camera and Electrical Department
Greg Andracke .... additional photography (as Gregory Andracke)
Michael Bowles .... photography: Beijing
Richard Coppola .... camera operator: 3d motion capture camera
Phil Geyelin .... additional photography (as Philip Geyelin)
Magee McIlvaine .... key grip (as Magee McIlvane)
Chad Stayrook .... key grip
Kenzan Tsutakawa-Chinn .... key grip
Collin Willis .... key grip
Editorial Department
Magee McIlvaine .... assistant editor (as Magee McIlvane)
Todd Sali .... color correctionist
Todd Sali .... on-line editor
Tagui Chilyan .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Royce Jeffries .... assistant engineer
So Percussion .... musicians
Mike Vecchio .... assistant engineer
Lawson White .... original score producer
Lawson White .... original score recordist
Other crew
Michael Bowles .... creative consultant
Rachel Goslins .... creative consultant
Dorothy Batten .... special thanks
Andrew Cockburn .... special thanks
Leslie Cockburn .... special thanks
John Donvan .... special thanks
Sherry P. Geyelin .... special thanks
Katie Homans .... special thanks
Katarina Jerinic .... special thanks
Phil Alden Robinson .... special thanks
Patterson Sims .... special thanks
Mary-Sherman Willis .... special thanks
Alexander Woodman .... special thanks
Andrea Woodman .... special thanks
Betty Woodman .... special thanks
Charles Woodman .... special thanks (as Charlie Woodman)
George Woodman .... special thanks

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82 min
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George Woodman:I feel Francesca's photographs should be looked at for the photographs they are, and not looked at because they were made by a person with a, perhaps, unusual history.See more »


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An Exploration of the Nature of Art and the Artistic Temperament, 8 October 2013
Author: atlasmb from United States

Though it is a documentary, The Woodmans is itself a piece of art. Like much art, it asks and suggests more questions than it answers. The first question might be: is this a film about art or a film about human psychology? Or maybe it is about how the two are connected?

The Woodman family had four members, all of whom are/were dedicated to art, not just as an avocation, but as a way of life. The daughter, Francesca, committed suicide at a young age. Much of the film centers of her surviving family's perceptions of her life, her art, and what might have contributed to her suicide.

In the end, each viewer can take what they want from this film.

As a discussion of art, it touches on many common themes, especially the value or curse of art as self-expression. Does it have value simply because it allows the artist to express himself? Does affirmation from others make art more valuable? Does it have a therapeutic value? Francesca's mother says she stopped creating for a period after her suicide. When she resumed creating, was it a resumption of life? Or was the creation the impetus to go on living? She says that "art is about memory." Of course it can be much more than that.

Of course we must ask if art is about introspection, self-examination, self-indulgence, all of these? It can direct one's focus inward or outward. The father comments on the "fragile" and "vulnerable" nature of the artist. Is that due to the artistic temperament? Or the product of seeking affirmation from others?

He also observes that there may be a "psychic risk" of being an artist. This seems to be one of the central themes of the movie.

But perhaps Francesca's art (and her behavior) might have been a clue to what many will see as clinical depression. Are some drawn to her art because of her (flawed) vision, like they might be to Van Gogh's?

Whatever messages or questions one takes from this film, it does ask you to consider the nature of grieving and carrying on. And it might make one consider others in their own lives who have been or might have been victims of their own internal demons.

It also makes a statement about the temporal nature of life and the longevity of art.

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