Peter Josyph is an author, actor, director, and filmmaker whose films include Liberty Street: Alive At Ground Zero and Acting Cormac McCarthy: The Making of Billy Bob Thorton’s All The Pretty Horses. He is also currently shooting Shakespeare In New York: The Sonnets and has recently completed a film about the early work of painter Jean-Michel Basquiat. His books include Adventures in Reading Cormac McCarthy, What One Man Said To Another: Talks With Richard Seltzer, and The Wounded River, which was chosen as a New York Times Notable Book. He also excels in literary and film criticism.
0101. Artists on film Part I
Artists on Film Part I
How to portray the life and work of a visual artist on screen has always been an exacting and elusive challenge for filmmakers. As a painter, writer, and award-winning filmmaker, Peter Josyph will lead an exploration into the most interesting films that have attempted this difficult task. Combining lesser-known works with award-winning classics, Part I of this course features David Hockney in Philip Haas’s seldom-seen A Day On The Grand Canal With The Emperor Of China; Martin Provost’s true story of Séraphine, a French orphan who became a domestic and a self-taught painter of exceptional vision and ability; painter-filmmaker Julian Schnabel’s recent tribute to the life of Vincent Van Gogh, At Eternity’s Gate; an intimate look at the daily life of a great Paris Museum in Nicholas Philibert’s beautiful Louvre City; Raymond Teller’s chronicle of inventor Tim Jenison’s attempt to duplicate a Vermeer in Tim’s Vermeer; and Christian Frei’s Oscar-nominated documentary about photographer James Nachtwey called War Photographer.