Monday, January 17, 2011
Art & Parenting: C. Scott Willis' THE WOODMANS opens at Film Forum
Francesca Woodman -- a young and very up-and-coming photographer from a highly artistic family -- killed herself. Some of us will remember the commotion the event set off at the time. Since then, the suicide, along with the remaining Woodman family has mostly faded from gossip, chatter and public view. Francesca's parents George (a painter/photog-rapher) and Betty (painter/ceramic sculptor) and her sibling Charles (now an assistant prof. of electronic art at the Univ of Cincinnati, whose recent works involve video, live performance, musicians and dancers) have gone their own way, continuing -- as they did prior to and after Francesca's death -- with the most important thing in their lives: their art.
THE WOODMANS, the new documentary by C. Scott Willis, who is shown at left. Don't expect many answers, however -- at least not the kind that result in what we, these days, love to call "closure." This movie raises many more questions than it probably could, or would even care to, answer. Which is most likely what the director wants, and which is, I think perfectly all right, as far as it goes. I just wish the film had gone a bit farther.
Film Forum for a two-week run. Click here for the performance schedule. Note: There will be a Q&A with Filmmaker C. Scott Willis on Wed, January 19, at the 8:10 screening.