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My Name Is Alan, and I Paint Pictures (2007)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 19 September 2007 (USA)
What makes an artist? What drives someone to create a painting, a composition or write a novel? While many academic categories of art exist, not every artist easily fits into prescribed ... See full summary »

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Johnny Boston

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Johnny Boston
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Alan Russell-Cowan Alan Russell-Cowan ... Self
Monika Russell-Cowan Monika Russell-Cowan ... Self
Richard Russell-Cowan Richard Russell-Cowan ... Self
Raymond Bell Raymond Bell ... Self
Bill Coffeill Bill Coffeill ... Self
Tats Cru Tats Cru ... Themselves
Bizz DeCrenza Bizz DeCrenza ... Self
David Dvorak David Dvorak ... Self
Randy Hannah Randy Hannah ... Self
Stephen Hirsch Stephen Hirsch ... Self (as Dr. Stephen Hirsch)
Nancy Hoffman Nancy Hoffman ... Self
Shedrick Jackson Shedrick Jackson ... Self
Oliver Kamm Oliver Kamm ... Self
John Kasper John Kasper ... Self
Tristan Koch Tristan Koch ... Self
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What makes an artist? What drives someone to create a painting, a composition or write a novel? While many academic categories of art exist, not every artist easily fits into prescribed meanings. Alan Russell-Cowan is one such artist. Afflicted with paranoid schizophrenia, we watch Cowan struggle with the desire to be a great painter, while battling delusions and auditory hallucinations. My Name is Alan and I Paint Pictures examines Cowan's life, the role art and painting play in it, and how mental illness intertwines with artistic creation and perception. For Alan, painting becomes a cure for his symptoms, the means of his release - yet for us his painting means much more. It is an alternative perspective on art and life, a world of mental illness visually reconstructed for viewers who never experience this themselves Through Alan's life and work, we can examine the wider art world, questioning the means and rationale behind contemporary critical judgment of art. Written by Johnny Boston

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Documentary

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Not Rated
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Alan Russell-Cowan: I had a few friend's where I lived, and we were just bored and just get drunk and sniff glue.
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Interesting...
10 November 2010 | by akarpe1See all my reviews

Very interesting, compelling story about a man whose life which consists of being schizophrenic, that does not let that disease take control. He expresses his inner demons and emotions through his very creative paintings. It is definitely very interesting because I'm sure there are plenty of other people out there on the streets that deal with the same ideas as what Alan is going through. Going through the journey with Alan is definitely very interesting and touching because you see what someone like himself with this problems can go through. Johnny Boston does an excellent job in portraying this journey and keeps it very creative in its structure.


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English

Release Date:

19 September 2007 (USA) See more »

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London, England, UK See more »

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Budget:

$750,000 (estimated)
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Raw Media Network See more »
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Stereo

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