The documentary feature film Artists of the Bahamas is part of the selection for the African Diaspora Film Festival in New York City. The film will be screened on November 29, 2009, at 3:00pm at the Thalia Theatre, Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway, near 95th Street. This will be its only screening at the festival.
Directed and produced by award-winning duo Karen Arthur and Thomas Neuwirth, Artists of the Bahamas is a documentary film that explores the lives and works of key visual artists whose talents contributed to the initial art movement in the Bahamas. The featured artists are extremely prolific and articulate. Interviews, still photos and archive footage are inter-cut with images of the artists’ works to explore the creative process that goes into their paintings, woodcuts, sculptures, and installations, from the realistic, to the abstract, to the naïve.
Famed actor, Sidney Poitier introduces his fellow Bahamian artists: Amos Ferguson, Kendal Hanna, Max Taylor, Brent Malone, Dave Smith, Eddie Minnis, Stan Burnside, Jackson Burnside, Antonius Roberts, John Beadle, and John Cox. They each explore their techniques & disciplines from their homes, studios, and various locations in the Bahamas that have been instrumental to their art. The film ends with the Festival of Junkanoo, an African/Bahamian ceremony, which has been the artistic inspiration that has fueled many of their creations. The soundtrack for the film includes compositions by the legendary Bahamian musician “Peanuts” Taylor and young virtuoso drummer Ruppa-Pumpum.
This screening also celebrates the life of Amos Ferguson, also known as the Grandfather of Bahamian Art (whose artwork is featured above), who passed away this October [also see previous post Bahamian artist Amos Ferguson dies].
For more information, see http://www.artistsofthebahamas.com/artists.html
For information on the directors, see http://www.artistsofthebahamas.com/filmmakers.html