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True to Nature: Artists’ Shorts

Organized in association with the exhibition True to Nature: Open-Air Painting in Europe, 1780–1870, this program of artists’ short films addresses the natural world through the motion picture lens, using both analog (film) and electronic (video) means. Created by established and emerging filmmakers, these seven distinctive works employ personal perspectives to inform the representation of place—whether land and sea with their flora and fauna, or other creatures that inhabit the earth. Often produced alone or in seclusion on portable equipment (digital sound recorder, video recorder, or hand-cranked film camera such as the Bolex), each title reveals a maker’s particular sensibility and approach, as the art of cinema does so well.

Total running time approximately 55 minutes. With thanks to all the artists, and to Canyon Cinema, Light Cone, and Video Data Bank.