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An Evening with Filmmaker Olympia Stone at COA

The Cardboard Bernini
The Cardboard Bernini
Posted July 25, 2013, at 2:58 p.m.
Last modified Sept. 28, 2013, at 1:54 p.m.

BAR HARBOR, ME – On Thursday, August 1, Filmmaker Olympia (Posy) Stone will screen her new documentary on the life and work of artist James Grashow. The public is invited to the viewing and discussion, which will be held at the Thomas S. Gates, Jr. Community Center at 4 p.m. A reception will follow in Newlin Gardens.

Stone’s film, The Cardboard Bernini, follows Grashow as he builds a cardboard fountain inspired by the work of baroque sculpture Gian Lorenzo Bernini. Grashow has built—among many other things –15 foot tall fighting men, a city, and an ocean using paper mache, fabric, chicken wire and cardboard. More recently, he has begun making sculptures entirely out of corrugated cardboard and twist ties.

Stone is a producer, director and editor who has worked on documentaries for the Discovery Channel, A&E Networks, WGBH, MTV, and ABC. Stone started her own production company, Floating Stone Productions, in 2001 with the idea that life is too short to be doing something you don’t enjoy if you don’t absolutely have to do it. Her first independent film, “The Collector: Allan Stone’s Life in Art,” was completed in 2007, and premiered at the Santa Fe Film Festival.

The Cardboard Bernini has won a number of awards, including Best Documentary at the Art of Brooklyn Film Festival. It will air on public television in the fall of 2013.

“The inspiration to make this film comes from the artist and subject of the film, James Grashow, himself,” Stone said. “Jimmy’s intention from the beginning was to build something magnificent out of garbage, and then put it outside and let nature dissolve it. Over the course of six years of filming, neither one of us knew exactly how it was going to turn out. Would Jimmy be able to finish the piece? Would he then be able to “let it go” to be destroyed by nature? Would it even be possible to destroy it? And what would the consequences be of following through for Jimmy? These were all questions that kept us both going–and the film is my attempt to document this story.”

“It was fantastic working with Posy and watching my own process turn into hers,” Grashow said. “Seeing my caterpillar, Corrugated Fountain, evolve into her butterfly of a film was thrilling and gratifying beyond all expectation.”

DVDs will be available for purchase after the presentation. For more information, please contact Kim Childs at kchilds@coa.edu or 207-801-5625. http://bit.ly/143GY1g

About College of the Atlantic

College of the Atlantic was founded in 1969 on the premise that education should go beyond understanding the world as it is, to enabling students to actively shape its future. A leader in experiential education and environmental stewardship, COA has pioneered a distinctive interdisciplinary approach to learning—human ecology—that develops the kinds of creative thinkers and doers needed by all sectors of society in addressing the compelling and growing needs of our world. For more, visit www.coa.edu.

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DISCUSSION: Thursday, August 1 at 4 p.m.: COA presents an evening with filmmaker Olympia (Posy) Stone with the Maine premiere of her new documentary, The Cardboard Bernini. A discussion and reception will follow. Thomas S. Gates, Jr. Community Center, 105 Eden Street, Bar Harbor, ME. kchilds@coa.edu or 207- 801-5625. http://bit.ly/143GY1g.

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