Saturday, August 24, 2019

HELEN LAFRANCE DOCUMENTARY IN 2019 FRANKLIN INTERNATIONAL INDIE FILM FESTIVAL LINEUP!


It's very exciting that the Franklin International Indie Film Festival in Franklin, Tennessee selected and showed "Helen LaFrance Memories" on August 18th among their 2019 winners.  The film, co-produced by Three Palms Productions and Bruce Shelton. Bruce was on hand with the other winners for a Q & A following the films. Directed by Martin Scott Grissom and shot by Andrew Spence, it is a fresh look into the renowned self-taught African American artist. Helen was born November 2, 1919 in Mayfield, Kentucky. That's right, folks. She's 99 years old!
Here's an unedited clip from the documentary, which has been entered into a few other film festivals. And I'll keep you posted on further news developments about Helen.

And if the link does not go live right away, just copy & paste in your browser and it should work.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/hzu7jjk8kmi9za3/Helen%20LaFrance%3A%20The%20Teaser.mov?dl=0

Sunday, June 2, 2019

NEW DOCUMENTARY ON ARTIST HELEN LaFRANCE/TAKE A SNEAK PEAK

I was very pleased to take part in a new documentary on contemporary American artist Helen LaFrance, shot by Andrew Spence and produced by Martin Scott Grissom of Three Palms Productions, just before her 99th birthday in 2018. I first met Helen in 1994 on her farm in rural western Kentucky and wrote about her in a chapter of Outsider Art of the South and later in Helen LaFrance Folk Art Memories.

Helen is best known for her memory paintings, recollections of her life laid down on canvas and board, which strike an emotional chord with those who view them. Helen also did wood carvings, quilted, and painted a series of visionary paintings based on the Bible. She has been creating art since she was a child and began painting full time when she was in her forties using art supplies she purchased from the grocery store.

In this film, Helen's artistry is again recognized. But this documentary revisits Helen in a new light as a modern woman as well.

Have a look.

And if the link does not seem live, please copy and paste the link below in your web browser and it will take you to what I'm sure you'll enjoy seeing!

https://www.dropbox.com/s/hzu7jjk8kmi9za3/Helen%20LaFrance%3A%20The%20Teaser.mov?dl=0





Saturday, March 16, 2019

TEASER FOR NEW HELEN LaFRANCE DOCUMENTARY FILM

I was very pleased to take part in a new documentary on contemporary American artist Helen LaFrance, shot by Andrew Spence and produced by Martin Scott Grissom of Three Palms Productions, just before her 99th birthday in 2018. I first met Helen in 1994 on her farm in rural western Kentucky and wrote about her in a chapter of Outsider Art of the South and later in Helen LaFrance Folk Art Memories.

Helen is best known for her memory paintings, recollections of her life laid down on canvas and board, which strike an emotional chord with those who view them. Helen also did wood carvings, quilted, and painted a series of visionary paintings based on the Bible. She has been creating art since she was a child and began painting full time when she was in her forties using art supplies she purchased from the grocery store.

In this film, Helen's artistry is again recognized. But this documentary revisits Helen in a new light as a modern woman as well.

Have a look.

And if the link does not seem live, please copy and paste the link below in your web browser and it will take you to what I'm sure you'll enjoy seeing!


https://www.dropbox.com/s/fxxrqaqh67acc1m/Helen%20LaFrance%3AMemories%20-%20For%20Festivals%20%28web%29.mov?dl=0