NEW YORK, NY.- Film Forum
will present the U.S. theatrical premiere of THE WOODMANS, opening Wednesday, January 19. Francesca Woodmans haunting B&W images, many of them nude self-portraits, now reside in the pantheon of great photography from the late 20th century. The daughter of artists Betty and George Woodman (she a ceramicist and he a painter/ photographer), Francesca was a precocious RISD graduate, who came to New York with the intention of setting the art world on fire. But in 1981, as a despondent 22-year-old, she committed suicide.
THE WOODMANS beautifully interweaves the young artists work (including experimental videos and diary passages) with interviews with the parents who have nurtured her professional reputation these past 30 years, while continuing to make art of their own in the face of tragedy. The film grapples with such issues as parent-child competition and the toxic level of ambition that fuels the New York art scene. It also has much to say about the healing powers of creativity. Winner of the Best New York Documentary award at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival.
THE WOODMANS will have a 2-week engagement January 19 - February 1 at Film Forum, 209 W. Houston St. (W. of 6th Av.) with screenings daily at 1:00, 2:50, 4:30, 6:20, 8:10, 10:00.
Delicately constructed, marvelous to look at and poignantly elegiac
Francesca was ahead of her time, creating dreamy, multilayered, confessional photographic art in which she stripped herself, physically and psychologically with no small amount of nerve. John Anderson, Variety
This seductive narrative lays out Woodmans epigrammatic journals, photographs and videos as clues in a self-murder mystery. Logan Hill , New York magazine
Captivating. Methodical and bewitching. Woodmans pictures will be a revelation. Hilary Elkins, GQ
THE WOODMANS (2010, 82 mins.) Directed by C. Scott Willis. Produced by Neil Barrett, Jeff Werner and C. Scott Willis. Cinematographer: Neil Barrett. Editor: Jeff Werner. Art Direction: Ekin Akalin. Original Score: David Lang. Original Score Performed by So Percussion. USA. Released by Lorber Films, a division of Kino Lorber, Inc.