Summer Film Series Explores Creativity

05/31/17
Boca Raton Museum of Art

Museum’s Boca Screening program to show five films highlighting the people, processes, and pathways that have led to unconventional creations.

April may be the cruelest month according to the poet T.S. Eliot, but July is the hottest in South Florida according to U.S. Climate Data. Fans of film can escape the sweltering temperatures and dive into the cool respite of cinema at the Boca Raton Museum of Art each week this July for the Boca Screening Summer Film Series. Five featured titles explore the theme of creativity, highlighting artists, scientists, and more accomplished thinkers. 

“Artists use their imagination to transcend tradition to create meaningful new ideas and forms,” says Museum Adult & Community Programs Coordinator Duane Smith. “This series of film screenings offers entertaining and thought provoking insight into the creative process.”

Admission to the Museum is free in July, as is admission to each screening, making this one of the most affordable ways to enjoy art and beat the heat this summer. Films are scheduled twice each week, at 6:00 pm on Thursdays and repeated again at 2:00 pm on Fridays. Details are available at www.bocamsueum.org/events.

Thursday, July 6 / 6:00 pm & Friday, July 7 / 2:00 pm – From Nothing, Something, 2012, NR, 79 min
From Nothing, Something profiles creative thinkers across a variety of disciplines to find the common techniques, habits and neuroses that lead to breakthrough ideas. This is an intimate and often funny look at the creative process – straight from some of our culture’s most unique and accomplished talents.

The film follows 16 successful creative people into their work spaces during their everyday routines. What is revealed is the dedication that’s required – and the costs exacted – to bring ideas into the world. The result is an unvarnished portrayal of faith, perseverance, and inspiration at work.

Thursday, July 13 / 6:00 pm & Friday, July 14 / 2:00 pm – The Creative Process: Artists at Work, 1997, NR, 28 min & Portraits in Creativity, Maira Kalman, 2014, NR, 18 min
The Creative Process: Artists at Work explores artists’ irresistible impulse to create. Each demonstrates how they navigate through their unique process of creating a work of art. The film features Romare Bearden, Elizabeth Catlett, Red Grooms, Linda Freeman, Faith Ringgold, and Chuck Close.

In partnership with the Met, MoMA and the Guggenheim, Maira Kalman explores essential questions through painting, publication and performance in this short film Portraits in Creativity, Maira Kalman. With her characteristic humor, tender observations of our human foibles, and gorgeous sense of color, she asks “Who are we? How are we documenting ourselves? Is this a dream? Are we in costume?”

Thursday, July 20 / 6:00 pm & Friday, July 21 / 2:00 pm – Between the Folds, 2008, NR, 56 min
Between the Folds chronicles the stories of ten visual artists and intrepid theoretical scientists who have abandoned careers and hard-earned graduate degrees – all to forge unconventional lives as modern-day paperfolders.

Thursday, July 27 / 6:00 pm & Friday, July 28 / 2:00 pm – Waste Land, 2010, NR, 99 min
This documentary filmed over three years follows renowned international artist Vik Muniz as he traveled from his home in Brooklyn to his native Brazil to the world’s largest garbage dump just outside of Rio de Janeiro. There, he photographed an eclectic band of “catadores” – self-designated pickers of recyclable materials. Muniz’s initial objective was to capture the catadores in their garbage environment to recreate famous portraits. However, his collaboration with these inspiring individuals as they created photographic images of themselves out of garbage reveals both the dignity and despair of the catadores as they begin to re-imagine their lives with Muniz’s help.