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Getting Lost In My Own Art: The Creative World of James Bakkom (2012)

Getting Lost in My Own Art follows the playful and veteran artist James Bakkom as he tells his life story of propping for Tyrone Guthrie, running off to South Dakota to become a cowboy ... See full summary »

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Gail Bakkom ... Herself
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Lonnie Dunbier
James Ross
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Greg Winter
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Getting Lost in My Own Art follows the playful and veteran artist James Bakkom as he tells his life story of propping for Tyrone Guthrie, running off to South Dakota to become a cowboy artist, then to be a production designer for Minnesota made TV the films, Sweetland and Detective Fiction. He returns to his first love of painting and drawing as a semi-retired artist in his 60s and 70s. Jim with many local filmmakers, technicians and collectors of his art are interviewed and offer up what they think are his secrets to such a successful career in the arts. Written by Anonymous

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A production designer's life of art
29 January 2013 | by See all my reviews

Over the course of his life, Jim Bakkom has made a huge impact through his production design both on stage and screen. A graduate of Yale University's art department and a set designer in the earliest years of the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, Bakkom went on to expand his work into film, providing production design for many films and television shows such as Ali Selim's Sweetland.

But this film goes beyond that work to focus on the visual arts that Bakkom produced in tandem with his stage and film work. The film does a beautiful job tracing the development of Bakkom's art and connecting the striking landscapes of his most recent work with his earliest drawings as a child. Perhaps most compelling about the film is Bakkom himself, a humorous, modest and wonderfully blunt character. This is a fascinating and beautiful film of an artist's lifelong pursuit of art for art's sake.


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