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First Friday Films: ‘The Woodmans’

Posted April 22, 2013, at 4:22 p.m.

ROCKLAND, Maine — The Farnsworth Art Museum and The Strand Theatre will present the First Friday Film “The Woodmans” at 8 p.m. Friday, May 3, at The Strand Theatre.

The tragic story of Francesca Woodman, a young photographer renowned for her extraordinary nude self-portraits, is also the story of her brilliantly artistic family. With The Woodmans, director C. Scott Willis shows how the struggle for fame in the high-stakes world of art resulted in tragedy, and then in healing and redemption.

As a family, the Woodmans are noted for their talent. Betty Woodman, in particular, is an internationally renowned ceramicist whose work has been shown at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. But it is the fate of Francesca, the youngest Woodman, that will haunt them over the years. By piecing together Francesca’s photos, never-before-seen experimental videos and personal journals, and through candid conversations with George and Betty Woodman, Charlie Woodman and a host of friends, Willis depicts four lives committed to art. And whose art lives through them. It is an extraordinary debut film that explores what it truly means to create. The screening will be followed by a post-film discussion.

First Friday Films is a collaboration between the Farnsworth Art Museum and The Strand Theatre in Rockland presented on the first Friday of the month. The films focus on artists and the visual arts, with a brief discussion following the screening. Tickets are $7 for members, $8.50 for nonmembers and are for sale at the Strand box office prior to film

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