Artist’s Film Night

Please join us for Artist Film Night discussion on Monday, April 26!

Our upcoming featured film is “Art and Craft”.

Please watch the film on Prime or Kanopy and then join us on Monday evening, April 26 at 6 pm on Zoom to enjoy rich film conversation.

Mark Landis has been called one of the most prolific art forgers in US history. His impressive body of work spans thirty years, covering a wide range of painting styles and periods that includes 15th Century Icons, Picasso, and even Walt Disney. And while the copies could fetch impressive sums on the open market, Landis isn’t in it for money. Posing as a philanthropic donor, a grieving executor of a family member’s will, and most recently as a Jesuit priest, Landis has given away hundreds of works over the years to a staggering list of institutions across the United States.

But after duping Matthew Leininger, a tenacious registrar who ultimately discovers the decades-long ruse and sets out to expose his philanthropic escapades to the art world, Landis must confront his own legacy and a chorus of museum professionals clamoring for him to stop.

ART AND CRAFT starts out as a cat-and-mouse art caper, rooted in questions of authorship and authenticity–but what emerges is an intimate story of obsession and the universal need for community, appreciation, and purpose.

Directors: Jennifer Grausman, Mark Becker and Sam Cullman.

It’s available on Prime

and through the Marin County Library’s free Kanopy streaming service:

Please watch the film this weekend, and then join us on Monday evening, April 26, 2021, at 6 pm on ZOOM to enjoy rich film conversation.

Please join us on March 22, 2021, at 6 pm for Artist Film Night! Debra Amerson and Larry Rippee co-host this once-a-month, fun event reimagined for our current zoom times. This month our discussion will be focused on the excellent film Carlos Almaraz: Playing with Fire, a documentary film that explores the brief, inspirational and tumultuous life of painter Carlos Almaraz.

Almaraz was a visionary painter, a major figure in the Chicano Art Movement, founder of Los Four (the muralist collective whose members became the first Chicano artists to show at a major institution) regarded as one of the most influential Los Angeles artists of the 1970s and 1980s. He was also an activist artist who worked with César Chávez’s Farmworkers’ movement and Luis Valdez’s Teatro Campesino. The film deals with his journey both as an artist and his personal struggles as a Mexican-born, bisexual, Chicano activist. Featuring Cheech Marin, Dolores Huerta, Shepard Fairey, and Edward James Olmos. Directed by Almaraz’s widow, artist Elsa Flores Almaraz, and actor Richard J. Montoya.

Please watch the film this weekend, and then join us on Monday evening, March 22, 2021, at 6 pm on ZOOM to enjoy rich film conversation. This film is available on Netflix and iTunes! This will be fun—join us!

Our next Artist Film Night is Monday, February 22, 2021! Our second featured film of the year is “Sky Ladder: The Art of Cai Guo-Qiang” about the Chinese artist Cai Guo-Qiang and his highly-publicized public spectacles that fill the sky with shimmering fireworks or colorful smoke.  This film is stunning– beautiful and poignant. Available to watch on Netflix and on iTunes. We will be hosting the discussion about this film on Monday evening, February 22, 6:00-7:00 pm on ZOOM at the link here. Please check out this article to pique your interest in this excellent film! After you have watched Sky Ladder– please join us for an evening of excellent cinematic conversation.

Artist Film Nights are back beginning Monday, January 25, 2021! Before Covid-19, one of our favorite ongoing, creative events at the Community Center, has been our Artist Film Night. Debra Amerson and Larry Rippee presented an artist-themed film each month and all attendees would enjoy rich conversation post showing. This creative connecting around film has been missed—and Debra and Larry have decided it is time to re-launch Artist Film Night as a virtual event. Here’s how Artist Film Night will work for these zoom-ing times:
  • We will send out an email each month and include information in these updates, in advance of the Artist Film Night discussion so everyone has a chance to see it beforehand. Debra and Larry will make sure the films will be available for streaming from Netflix, Prime, YouTube, Vimeo or the Marin County Library’s Kanopy streaming service.
  • We will send out a Zoom link the week of the Artists Film Night discussion. This week’s link is here.
Our first offering is “Beauty is Embarrassing” about the remarkable, wacky, exuberant artist Wayne White. This film is available on Prime Video, Vimeo and on iTunes. We will be hosting the discussion on Monday, January 25 at 6:30-7:30 pm at this ZOOM link! This will be fun—join us!