THE VIDEO: "Creation" is about three women in their sixties who’ve devoted their entire adult lives to making art. They show us what they do and how they do it. Lana Wilson http://lwilso2.otherpeoplespixels.com/home.html is a mother and grandmother who has used her seemingly boundless energy to become a well known ceramic artist. Jeanne DuPrau, author of The City of Ember, http://www.jeanneduprau.com/index.shtml is a New York Times best selling children's writer. And Nan Golub, a painter living in New York City, studied with Richard Diebenkorn and Deborah Remington and has been compared to Rufino Tomayo. What makes these women tick? Is there an arc of creativity associated with age? Is it different for women? What do they have to tell us about art and life and the importance of the creative spirit?
WHY WE WANT TO DO THIS: An overwhelming number of people don't understand why art and creativity are important. School boards cut it from curricula; governments balk at funding it. Art is one of the oldest activities on Earth, even predating science or math. But too often we forget it is a basic part of a balanced, healthy life. On top of all this, women and art rarely get serious attention in our culture and older women in art are virtually ignored. We want "Creation" to be used in classrooms and libraries and on PBS and cable television so viewers can see how three very special women enrich our lives and theirs with a devotion to art and creativity. We're going to create the DVD in three sections, or modules, and each module will be accompanied by a detailed discussion guide that will encourage teachers to stress the importance of art in the human experience.
"Creation" will also screen at women's film festivals around the country and the world: The SF International Women's Film Festival, The LA International Women's Film Festival, The International Women's Festival of Film and Art in South Florida, The Rocky Mountain Women's Film Festival, and Cineffable in Paris.
WHAT THE MONEY IS FOR: We'll use the money we raise through Kickstarter to finish shooting. Our plan is to travel to New York City in fall of 2011 to shoot Nan at work and to interview Jeanne's editor at Random House. $3,000 will pay for our travel expenses and allow us to hire a camera crew in New York for two days. A copy of our production and post production budget is available on request.
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