Winner of "Best New York Documentary" at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival.
The tragic story of Francesca Woodman, a young photographer renowned for her extraordinary nude self-portraits, is also the story of her brilliantly artistic family. With THE WOODMANS, director C. Scott Willis shows how the struggle for fame in the high-stakes world of art resulted in tragedy and then in healing and redemption. As a family, the Woodmans are noted for their talent. Betty Woodman, in particular, is an internationally renowned ceramicist whose work has been shown at The Metropolitan Musem of Art. But it is the fate of Francesca, the youngest Woodman, that will haunt them over the years. By piecing together Francesca's photos, never-before-seen experimental videos and personal journals, and through candid conversations with George and Betty Woodman, Charlie Woodman and a host of friends, Willis depicts four lives committed to art and whose art lives through them. It is an extraordinary debut film that explores what it truly means to create.
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Lovely film, beautiful and quiet pace to it. I am envious of the genius in the Woodman family and how the parents encouraged it. Francesca was so very brave and made incredible, indelible images. Great introduction to her work.
So sad, so beautiful. why do we make art? What does it mean when art is successful? What does it mean when it is not?
This is a compelling film, but not a picnic.
Way too selfish for me to watch. A bore.
Artistc complexity seems to pale here in contrast with the complexity of BEING in a family, in a "relationsip", in onesself, within skin. For all of the beauty of color and form and fabric must somehow contort into the desire for recognition by some other BEING.
Quite a provocative film of muted tones and smooth textures that make it worth taking the time to watch. The most fascinating aspect of the film comes around 70:00 when Francesca's artist family and friends admit to feeling competitive with and perhaps jealous of the dead woman's art. The way her death has interwoven into the tapestry of these living artists creates a stunning series of cinematic truths. Francesca's death feels as if it is suspended, she is neither dead nor alive. Perhaps this is what it truly means to be immortal.