DISPATCH - MAY 10, 2013 (9:30 a.m.)
SAG HARBOR, NY-
Alexander Calders's mobiles come to life in a documentary by Roger Sherman that screens tonight at Bay Street Theatre. The film is part of an evening with the award-winning filmmaker presented by Hamptons Take 2 Documentary Film Festival. Screening will be the Emmy Award-winning PBS American Masters series documentary on "Alexander Calder" and NY premiere of "Zapruder & Stolley: Witness to an Assassination." Both take place during "An Evening with Award-Winning Documentary Filmmaker Roger Sherman" taking place tonight (May 10) at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 at the door.
The evening includes the screening of two of Mr. Sherman’s films—the Emmy Award and George Foster Peabody Award-winning “Alexander Calder” (60 min.), on the life and work of the famous American kinetic sculptor (1898-1976), and the New York premiere of “Zapruder & Stolley: Witness to an Assassination,” (30 min.).
Each film will be followed by a Q&A with Mr. Sherman.
The Alexander Calder film, narrated by Tony Roberts, had its world premiere at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City and won its Emmy Award as part of the PBS American Masters series on THIRTEEN/WNET. It shows Calder at work in his Connecticut studio and features never-before-seen archival footage of films, photos and many of Calder’s mobiles in dynamic motion. Perhaps not surprisingly, Calder, who can be credited with changing the nature of sculpture from a static to a kinetic art form, had earlier studied mechanical engineering at New Jersey’s Stevens Institute of Technology. Those interviewed on the film include the literary and film critic Brendan Gill, playwright Arthur Miller, architect I.M. Pei, and Calder’s daughters.
The “Zapruder & Stolley” film tells the dramatic story of how Life Magazine bureau chief Richard Stolley raced to the scene in Dallas, Texas, and obtained the rights to reprint the stills of one of the most studied pieces of film—that captured by private citizen Abraham Zapruder on November 22, 1963, as President John F. Kennedy’s motorcade passed through Dealey Plaza.
Producer, director and cinematographer Roger Sherman, of New York City and East Moriches, was the founding partner of Florentine Films, with fellow documentarian Ken Burns who was his college roommate at Hampshire College in Massachusetts, and cinematographer Buddy Squires. Florentine Films has been producing award-winning documentaries for over 30 years. Among other films under Sherman’s direction are the Oscar-nominated environmental film “The Garden of Eden,” “Medal of Honor” (which traces the history of the medal), the PBS American Masters series documentary “Richard Rogers: The Sweetest Sounds,” and “The Restaurateur,” recently nominated for a 2013 James Beard Award.
Sherman also recently published the book “Ready, Steady, Shoot: The Guide to Great Home Video” (Andrews McMeel, 2012).
Tickets to the evening at the Bay Street Theatre are $15 at the door.
BASIC FACTS: “An Evening with Award-Winning Documentary Filmmaker Roger Sherman” on Friday, May 10, at 7:30 p.m. at the Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor. The event will be sponsored by Brown Harris Stevens. Tickets to the evening at the Bay Street Theatre are $15 at the door.
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