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Cavedigger (2013)

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In this OSCAR® NOMINATED documentary short, artist Ra Paulette digs other-worldly, sculptural caves using nothing but hand tools. But, as patrons cut off his projects due to lack of funds ... See full summary »

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Jeffrey Karoff
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Ra Paulette Ra Paulette ... Self
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Pierre Delattre Pierre Delattre ... Self
Suzanne Eliel Suzanne Eliel ... Self
David Heath David Heath ... Self
Shel Nymark Shel Nymark ... Self
Liz Riedel Liz Riedel ... Self
Paula Seaton Paula Seaton ... Self
Christina Stevens Christina Stevens ... Self
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In this OSCAR® NOMINATED documentary short, artist Ra Paulette digs other-worldly, sculptural caves using nothing but hand tools. But, as patrons cut off his projects due to lack of funds or artistic differences, Paulette's frustration mounts. This penetrating portrait examines the cost of Paulette's obsession and tracks him as he rejects commissions for his own 10-year Magnum Opus. Written by Anonymous

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WINNER Best Documentary Short - 2013 San Antonio Film Festival See more »

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Edited into The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2014: Documentary (2014) See more »

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Fascinating doc about a fascinating artist
18 January 2014 | by dbanks-194-630420See all my reviews

Cavedigger takes you on the journey of Ra Paulette, a singular, driven man whose art is creating caves in the sandstone hills of New Mexico.

The word "caves" doesn't really do justice to what Ra creates, they are truly works of art that need to be seen, just as Cavedigger needs to be seen. It tells the tale of one man's need to express himself no matter the odds. His artistic goals sometimes run counter to those of his patrons, and his need to support his family, and his own race against time and age, working in an art form that's incredibly physically demanding.

The documentary does a terrific job showing how and why this man is determined never to stop. He says that there may be an end to his need to create, but after watching this mesmerizing film, that's hard to imagine. For him, it's a spiritual journey, and Cavedigger itself is a journey into both the art he creates and the driven soul behind the art.


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