Film Presentation by Amalie R. Rothschild: “Conversations with Willard Van Dyke” March 19, 7:45pm @ SACI

Willard Van Dyke

Willard Van Dyke

Film Presentation: Conversations with Willard Van Dyke

Thursday, March 19th at 7:45 pm

Studio Art Centers International
Palazzo dei Cartelloni, Clayton Hubbs Lecture Hall
Via Sant’Antonino 11 – Florence, ITALY

Please join us at a presentation in SACI’s Clayton Hubbs Lecture Hall (Palazzo dei Cartelloni): SACI Artists Council member, award winning filmmaker and photographer Amalie R. Rothschild, will present her film, Conversations with Willard Van Dyke (1981, 59 minutes).

A candid portrait of a filmmaker-photographer who believed that film could change the world. It explores the dilemma of anyone with a social conscience who must face the harsh realities of earning a living while retaining their integrity.

Synopsis: In 1935 photographer Willard Van Dyke moved to New York with the belief that films “could change the world” and began a new career as a filmmaker. His name soon became synonymous with social documentary in the U.S. His images of cotton fields, steel mills and industrial towns, and his portraits of unemployed factory workers and their families, provide an invaluable chronicle of those years and have become timeless examples of cinematic art. A candid portrait of a distinguished and outspoken man, this film includes conversations with colleagues Ralph Steiner, Joris Ivens and Donald Richie; footage of Edward Weston, his close friend and mentor; and many excerpts. It explores the dilemma of anyone with a social conscience who must face the harsh realities of earning a living while retaining their integrity. And it reveals a man in his seventies still determined to do good creative work.

Willard Van Dyke (1906-1986) was a pioneering US documentary filmmaker and photographer who from 1965-1974 was the Director of the Film Department at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. He was Edward Weston’s protégé and a founding member of Group f/64 which held its first exhibition in his Oakland, CA studio in 1932.

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Studio Art Centers International
Palazzo dei Cartelloni – Clayton Hubbs Lecture Hall
Via Sant’Antonino, 11 – Florence, Italy
www.saci-florence.edu
T 055 289 948

About SACI

SACI is a US non-profit College of Art and Design in Florence, Italy, for undergraduate and graduate students seeking accredited instruction in studio art, design, conservation, art history, and Italian language and culture. Founded in 1975, SACI offers the following programs: Academic Semester/Year Abroad, Late Spring & Summer Studies, Venice Summer Program, Post-Bac in Conservation, Post-Bac in Studio Art; MFA in Studio Art, MFA in Photography, MFA in Communication Design, Low-Residency MFA in Studio Art, MA in Art History.

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