ART AND LIFE: FINDING THE THREAD
LA DIARY WITH PETER SELLARS
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An extraordinary foray into the many worlds of a renowned artist, opera and theatre director, activist, and professor. Art and Life: Finding the Thread offers a unique perspective on the human experience. Shot over the course of six years, Marina's inquisitive lens moves effortlessly between the intimate and public worlds occupied by Peter Sellers, carrying on a thought-provoking dialogue which stays with the viewer long after the last images have faded from view. Various aspects of Sellars' multi-faceted life are carefully and respectfully portrayed in Goldovskaya's trademark cinematographic style. Sellars is seen during his political lectures at UCLA, where he challenges students to think for themselves while exposing them to cultural and artistic innovations. We see his work as a theatrical director, in collaboration with activist John Malpede, as well as the production of a Jean Genet play adapted to fit the politically charged climate of East Los Angeles. Finally we visit a LACMA art exhibition curated by Sellars, showing works of renowned video-artist Bill Viola. The film showcases Sellars as a passionate force of artistic and human integrity, weaving together the threads of Art and Life to create an unforgettable tapestry. It also gives a rare glimpse into the delicate process of ethics in documentary filmmaking. English. 69 minutes, 2004