Kane doc on Woell set for CIFF

Sep 11, 2017
“Four Corners” is a found object sculpture by the late Maine artist J. Fred Woell.

Rockport — The premiere of Maine filmmaker Richard Kane’s newest film, “J. Fred Woell: An American Vision,” will take place Sunday morning, Sept. 17, as part of the Dirigo Docs lineup of the 2017 Camden International Film Festival.

An edit of the new documentary will screen in the 10 a.m. program of Maine short subjects at the Rockport Opera House, 6 Central St. A Q&A with Kane and Patricia Wheeler, artist/wife of J. Fred Woell, will follow.

Woell is an icon in the American Craft Movement, coming on the scene in the early 1960s just as crafts was becoming much more inclined towards fine art … and much more revolutionary. Today, Woell's political statements through his art are every bit contemporary, even prescient. The film follows Woell for six years through his teaching at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts on Deer Isle and its adult and high school mentorship programs; and places him in a rightfully significant place as the one artist who opened the door to using found objects to comment on the times.

“We're honored to have been selected to screen at the Camden International Film Festival, one of the USA's best documentary festivals,” said Kane.

The full version of the film will be screened Thursday, Sept. 21, at 7 p.m. at the Stonington Opera House. A Q&A with director Kane, Wheeler and producer Robert Shetterly will follow. For more information and tickets, visit operahousearts.org. To see the new film’s trailer, check the link below.

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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