Oklahoma City University
Center for Interpersonal Studies through Film & Literature
Spring 2006 Eight Annual Documentary Film Series
Sundays, 2:00 PM, Kerr McGee Auditorium, Meinders School of Business
3/26/2006, Rivers and Tides: Andy Goldsworthy Working With Time, Thomas Riedelsheimer, Germany(2003), 90
With over ten four-star reviews from the nation’s top film critics, Rivers and Tides follows renowned Scottish sculptor Goldsworthy as he creates with ice, driftwood, bracken, leaves, stone, dirt, and snow at open fields, beaches, rivers, creeks and forests.
This sensual and poetic film captures him in the midst of constructing his trademark ephemera from long-winding rock walls and icicle sculptures to interlocking leaf chains and multicolored pools of flowers. The transitory nature of his work represents a central element of his creative effort to understand the energy that flows through him and through the natural landscape he nourishes in his vision. Only the finest documentaries about an artist become a work of art themselves.
-"A surprisingly magical experience . . . intoxicating and meditative by turns, this film opens a portal into a singular creative mind." Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
-"Ravishingly beautiful." Stephen Holden, New York Times
-“Only [the film] of Picasso applying his master strokes explores the artistic process with such penetrating revelation. Like a Buddha making sand castles, Goldsworthy crafts little Zen miracles that are the essence of harmony, and Rivers and Tides gives its delicate subject sweet sanctuary." Stephen Garrett, Time Out New York
-“I was enchanted as this movie wove me into its haunting and peculiar spell.” Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
-It allows “you to see something you never saw before, that was always there but you were blind to it.” Richard Peterson
-Goldsworthy's art borders on the religious. It is the artistic equivalent of ancient ritual offerings to the gods." Desson Howe, Washington Post
4/9/2006, Christo: “Running Fence” and “Umbrellas”, Albert and David Maysles, USA(1977), 139
Long before the Gates Project for New York’s Central Park, the vision of environmental- conceptual artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude fascinated the world. From 1974 to 1995, legendary directors Albert and David Maysles captured the awe-inspiring beauty, drama, and sheer determination involved for all in bringing to film their inspiring projects. Two of their award-winning films on Christo’s projects stand as permanent documents of the process, the political drama, the emotional investment and the transforming effect the finished works have had on all those who come in contact with them. Running Fence dramatizes the effort to build a 24 mile-long, 18 foot-high fence of white fabric across the hills of northern California. The artists' struggle with local ranchers, environmentalists and state bureaucrats ends when the unfurled fence reunites the community in a celebration of beauty. Umbrellas brings together East and West through the medium of art: 1,340 blue umbrellas open in a rice-farming valley in Japan while an ocean away 1,760 yellow umbrellas open across a cluster of cattle ranches in the rolling hills of southern California.
-"One of the most exhilarating hours of your life." Judith Crist, The New York Post
-"Shows America at its very best. I was quite literally moved to tears." John Walker, Director Emeritus, National Gallery of Art
-"[The Maysles Brothers] have made a compelling statement about the artist and society; Christo's success becomes personal, artistic and allegorical triumph." Desson Howe, The Washington Post
-"The Christos' projects and our films are both outrageous acts of faith." Albert Maysles
-“By far the finest film I have ever seen about an artist and his work.” Calvin Tomkins, The New Yorker
4/23/2006, Wheel of Time, Werner Herzog, Germany(2003), 81
Legendary German filmmaker Herzog (Grizzly Man and Aguirre: The Wrath of God)
photographs the largest Buddhist ritual in India. He captures the lengthy pilgrimage, the
creation of the beautiful and intricate sand Mandela or wheel of time, monks and laypersons engaged in deep meditation and chanting, secret rituals never before seen on film, and even a fascinatingly humorous interview with the Dali Lama. Virtually impossible to capture on film, the spiritual realm nevertheless emerges in Herzog’s lyrical and mystical visual poem. He delivers a personal and introspective look at what Buddhism means to its most ardent followers, as well as offers outsiders an intimate look into a fascinating way of life.
-"Riveting and unique." David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
-"Wheel of Time is less about words than about being plunged into an intensely devotional world, feeling its tug and sensing its extreme austerity. With minimal explanation, it puts you right in the center." Stephen Holden, New York Times
"Herzog blends coverage of two massive Buddhist rituals with pleas for Tibetan freedom." Film Comment
-“A spiritual Woodstock, [a] tender gem. The sight of 500,000 people united in prayer is mind-blowing.” New York Post
For Information, contact Dr. Harbour Winn, Director, Center for Interpersonal Studies through Film & Literature, at Oklahoma City University.
Phone: (405)-208-5472, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Fax: (405)-208-5447, Web site: www.okcu.edu/film-lit/
Films are free and open to the public.