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Fully Awake2008

Black Mountain College

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  • 3.8
Hidden in the mountains of Western North Carolina, Black Mountain College (1933 - 1957) was an influential experiment in education that inspired and shaped twentieth century American art. FULLY AWAKE: BLACK MOUNTAIN COLLEGE is a documentary film that explores the college's progressive pedagogy and radical approach to arts education. FULLY AWAKE explores how the confluence of this diverse community came together to create a unique educational model. Through narration, archive photography, and interviews with students, teachers, historians, and current artists, FULLY AWAKE investigates the development of this very special place; the site of Buckminster Fuller's first geodesic dome, John Cage's first 'happening', and the Black Mountain Review, and how its collaborative curriculum inspired innovations that would change the very definition of "art."

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"...a record of a radical experiment that succeeded brilliantly for almost a quarter century, and as affirmation of the potential of educational institutions to profoundly impact lives and springload creative development." - Amy White, Indy Week


Member Reviews (3)

Interesting doc about an important institution.

Wonderful film from a bygone era.

Great doc. to show to ARTH classes! Who knows, it might inspire such like experiments.