Movies at The Mennello: A Monthly Documentary Film Screening Series

Join us at the museum each month for a featured documentary and opportunity to network with individuals in the community.

Admission: $5 for Guests, Free for Members

 


Alice Neel

Wednesday, March 15 • Doors open at 6 p.m.; Movie starts at 6:30 p.m.
(2007) 81 min.
Portrait painter Alice Neel (1900-1984) was a self-described collector of souls who recorded her sitters on canvas through six decades of the 20th century, among them Andy Warhol, Bella Abzug, Allen Ginsberg and Annie Sprinkle. Neel always sought the “authentic”, moving from Greenwich Village to Spanish Harlem just as the Village was gaining reputation in the art scene. She sacrificed almost everything for her art, delving so far into the psyches of her sitters she would almost lose herself. Yet Neel was also a dedicated mother, raising two sons in the bohemian world she inhabited.

Filmmaker Andrew Neel, Alice Neel’s grandson, puts together the pieces of the painter’s life using intimate one-on-one interviews with Neel’s surviving family and personal archival video. The documentary explores the artist’s tumultuous biography and the legacy of Alice Neel’s determination to paint her era.

Snow Hill

Wednesday, April 19 • Doors open at 6 p.m.; Movie starts at 6:30 p.m.
(1995) 60 min.
Snow Hill is the authorized documentary film of a lifetime about one of the greatest painters the world has ever known. A self portait of Andrew Wyeth, narrated by Stacy Keach and directed by long-time friend and mentee, Bo Bartlett. Bartlett incorporates Wyeth’s great works of art alongside family photographs, home movies, personal letters, never-before-seen footage of Mr. Wyeth and the first interview ever granted by famed model, Helga Testorf. This tremendously moving program lends a treasured and unforgettable insight into Andrew Wyeth’s very private world through his relationship with Bo Bartlett.

See

Wednesday, May 3 • Doors open at 6 p.m.; Movie starts at 6:30 p.m.
(2013) 75 min.
Artists Bo Bartlett and Betsy Eby set off to make a film about seeing. They travel the country, stumbling upon art sites, characters and luminaries. But then the unexpected happens, sending their adventure into unforeseen territory, and the clear becomes unclear. The visible world, a strain to see. A moving meditation, SEE delivers the beauty of America through the eyes of two artists, determined to see art in the everyday. The movie invites us to open our eyes anew and see the beauty and wonder in the world around us.