Gonzo art for First Friday Film

Jul 22, 2014
Johnny Depp pays a visit to Ralph Steadman, renowned artist and last of the original “gonzo” visionaries, in “For No Good Reason.”

Rockland — The Farnsworth Art Museum and the Strand Theatre will present “For No Good Reason” as the First Friday Film Aug. 1 at 8 p.m. at the Strand, 345 Main St. The screening will be followed by a brief discussion.

Made over the course of 15 years, this 2012 film explores the connection between life and art through the eyes of seminal British artist Ralph Steadman. Insightful, humorous, and visually stunning, it is a study in honesty, friendship and the ambition that drives an artist.

Director Charles Paul meticulously amassed the footage and created the remarkable animations for the film to match the same anarchic energy, anger and free spirit of Steadman’s pictures. Taking Johnny Depp’s lead in this intimate portrait, viewers are able to sense the heart of what makes this artist tick, his friendships and fallings out, his love for art and his passion for civil liberties.

The R-rated film also features Steadman, Hunter S. Thompson, Terry Gilliam, William S. Burroughs, Jann Wenner and more. Tickets are $8.50, $7 for Farnsworth members, and may be purchased at the Strand box office prior to the film.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.


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