New Film Night Series - "Life Imitates Art: Cinematic Portraits of Painters Off the Beaten Track"

Wednesday, September 4th │ 7:00-9:00 pm
*There will be no August Film Night
Members: Complimentary │ Non-Members: Standard Guest Fee

Artists of all sorts lead fascinating and often eccentric lives, which is what makes them interesting as people and imbues their work with qualities that lie beyond the imaginations of mere mortals. This is especially true when those artists are painters who see the world and their worlds through prismatic lenses. The upcoming SAC Film series will feature cinematic portraits of 5 painters, arranged by the dates of their release: Dora Carrington (March 29th, 1893 - March 11th, 1932), whose relationship with author Lytton Strachey was scandalous; Jean-Michel Basquiat (December 22nd, 1960 - August 12th, 1988), Haitian-born artist whose work attracted the attention of Andy Warhol; Jackson Pollock (January 28th, 1912 - August 11th, 1956), a major figure in the abstract impressionistic movement; Frida Kahlo (July 6th1907 - July 13th, 1954), Mexican artist inspired by folk art, who painted many self-portraits; and Margaret Keene (September 15th, 1927), who is best known for her paintings of subjects with big eyes.

Join us for the first film in the new series, Carrington (1995). Directed by Christopher Hamilton, Carrington tells the story about the platonic relationship between painter Dora Carrington (Emma Thompson) and author/critic Lytton Strachey (Jonathan Pryce) that took place during World War I. The relationship was fascinating because, although Strachey was gay, the artist and writer found something deeper than physical commitment in their devotion to their aesthetic and intellectual journeys. The story becomes more complicated when Ralph Partridge (Steven Waddington) becomes Dora’s lover and is actually welcomed by Strachey. Join us on Wednesday, September 4th for the first of five biopics on delightfully quirky artists.

Enjoy complimentary appetizers and wine during the film, as well as post-film discussion with film buff, Jim Clauss.

Sponsored by Reckless Video.

For more information, please contact Communications Director, Danielle Reddish, by email or call (206) 522-9400 ext. 254.