Thursday, August 16, 2018

The Andrew Wyeth Movie

Here's the extended trailer for the new documentary film about Andrew Wyeth. It was originally planned for a 2012 release - but it's now going to be next month!

WYETH - Extended Trailer from FreshFly on Vimeo.

This is what I can find out:
WYETH is a documentary film telling the story of one of America’s most popular, but least understood, artists. While his exhibitions routinely broke attendance records, art world critics continually assaulted his work. Through unprecedented access to Wyeth family members, archival materials, and his work, WYETH presents the most complete portrait of the artist ever - bearing witness to a legacy just at the moment it is evolving.

The film:
  • tells the story of one of America’s most popular, but least understood, artists
  • examines the mastery of technique in Wyeth's work (drawings, watercolors, tempera, drybrush)
  • reviews the sources of the emotional undercurrents and exposes the influences on his creativity.
  • includes hundreds of Wyeth's paintings in the film - you can see a complete list of all the artwork here
It has its own website and it also has the support of the Andrew Wyeth Office and Wyeth knew it was planned before he died.

This is the review of the film by Hollywood Reporter - which is very complimentary....
this is an expertly made, exhaustively researched documentary with a suitably painterly feel in its widescreen visuals. There is compositional beauty in cinematographer Phil Bradshaw's textured images, but also the harshness and darkness that were quintessential elements of Wyeth's art. Given the ongoing rediscovery and deeper appreciation of his work that has continued since his death in 2009, the film should find a receptive audience at festivals and art forums.
Image of Wyeth's Studio, © Phil Bradshaw, FreshFly
Another perspective on his studio -  © Phil Bradshaw, FreshFly

The Andrew Wyeth Prints website - a site authorised by the family to deal in prints of his paintings - comments as follows
The Andrew Wyeth MovieCurrently titled “Wyeth”, the movie line was written in 2008 and personally approved by Andrew Wyeth himself, who cited a desire for the screenwriter “not to take it easy on him at all.” The project not only has Andrew’s personal blessing, but also the approval of the Wyeth family, who have confirmed that the events in the screenplay are based on facts and actual events. Unfortunately, ninety-five year-old Andrew passed away in late 2009, before the film could be completed.
Andrew Wyeth, © Christian C. Sanderson

This is how you can see it

  • PHILADELPHIA PREMIERE - WYETH will screen at the Kimmel Center on September 5, 2018. Click here for tickets.
  • WYETH will be broadcast during PBS' American Masters on September 7, 2018. Check your local listings.
  • WYETH is available for pre-order on DVD at Amazon and ShopPBS.
No news yet of how it can be seen outside the USA. 

I do hope it's going to Netflix!

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