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The Face of America Award-Winning Interview Series created by Artist and Filmmaker Pierre Gervois. Recipient of the 2020 George Stoney Social Impact Award. Broadcasted on Brooklyn Free Speech TV.

Operating as usual

04/02/2021

Sixty Seconds is a short film produced and directed by artist Pierre Gervois in New York City (March 2021). Sixty Seconds refers to the voice of the NASA controller talking to Buzz Aldrin during the last moments of the Apollo XI descent on the Moon, describing when the engine will run out of fuel. The disconnection between the inaudible words of the film's subject, the visual distortion of the image, the sound of Yuri Gagarine's voice followed by Buzz Aldrin's voice, and the captions describing a question and answer, create a structural instability and invite the film's spectator to make a choice on which element to focus his attention.

The new docuseries "The Story of Art in America" will be filmed on location in May/June 2021 in ten American cities, dir...
03/30/2021

The new docuseries "The Story of Art in America" will be filmed on location in May/June 2021 in ten American cities, directed by EFDLTstudio and produced by Pierre Gervois

The new docuseries "The Story of Art in America", created and developed by Pierre Gervois based on an original idea by E...
03/23/2021
Artist Lisa Myers Bulmash chosen to represent Seattle in a docuseries on art in America

The new docuseries "The Story of Art in America", created and developed by Pierre Gervois based on an original idea by EFDLTstudio will feature ten American destinations, including Seattle. Thank you to The Seattle Times for this great article.

https://www.seattletimes.com/entertainment/visual-arts/this-artist-chosen-as-the-dna-and-soul-of-black-art-in-seattle-will-be-in-an-amazon-prime-video-series/

After a monthlong social media contest run by the Northwest African American Museum to select a local Black artist to represent Seattle in an upcoming docuseries, the museum announced the winner: Seattle-based visual artist Lisa Myers Bulmash.

12/23/2020
The Making of Amy's Hearings (2020), a Pierre Gervois painting

"On Oct 12, 13, and 14, 2020, I watched 15 hours of the Senate Judiciary Committee Confirmation hearing for Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett on C-SPAN and observed the power relations between the Senators, the Judge, the Senator's staff, and the photojournalists unceremoniously laying on the floor. Then I selected screenshots of some moments, put them on my atelier's wall, and started to work on the painting, under the gaze of the Senators."
-Pierre Gervois

Produced in New York City by Legit Productions in association with Politix Artz.

Footage:

Pierre Gervois
EFDLT Studio
C-SPAN

Music composed by Stanniboi

Copyright (c) 2020 Pierre Gervois, all rights reserved.

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The Face of America Magazine
12/18/2020

The Face of America Magazine

Artist Pierre Gervois with a The Liberty Cigar Company cigar in his atelier, working on "Amy's Hearings", a painting representing the Senate Judiciary Committee Confirmation hearing for Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett in Oct. 2020.
Photography: EFDLTstudio

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#amyshearings #painter #painting #politicalart #politicalartist

The Face of America Magazine
10/26/2020

The Face of America Magazine

Legit Productions is proud to introduce a new docuseries: The Story of Art. This series will be produced by Award-winning Executive Producer Pierre Gervois and directed by EFDLTstudio, the Director of the critically acclaimed documentary film Americart2019, in official competition in four film festivals, available on Amazon Prime Video.

The Story of Art will explore America’s heartland arts and culture scene, and show the extraordinary vitality and diversity of the arts in small and medium-size cities, in all artistic fields. From painting to music, from sculpture to murals, from poetry to dance, from pottery to storytelling, The Story of Art will explore how art is -and has always been- an essential part of American society’s social fabric, and also encourage everyone to travel and (re)discover the featured cities.

The Story of Art, Season 1, will feature ten 22 minutes episodes, each one focused on a particular city or county in the United States. It will be released on selected VOD and streaming platforms in Q3 2021.

Co-produced in partnership with cities and counties’ Convention and Visitors Bureaus and cultural organizations, The Story of Art is currently in the development phase and will enter pre-production in early December 2020, for filming on location in March and April 2021.

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Pierre Gervois is an NYC based artist. He started painting in 1988, and incorporated elements of language in his work in...
10/16/2020

Pierre Gervois is an NYC based artist. He started painting in 1988, and incorporated elements of language in his work in 2000. Since 2019, his work is the witness of the American society, without judgment, emotion, or stated point of view.
“Although I use language in my work, I’m neither a novelist nor a poet. I’m a painter. And the elements of language that inhabit my paintings do not exist separately from the entire painting. They are organically part of the subject (the black rectangle) and the singularity (the small rectangle on the right side). These elements of language lose their meaning if they are considered separately and therefore cannot be considered as quotes. They are exactly what they are, in their purest and original intent, like markings on a material surface of undefined scale”, said Pierre Gervois.

"City Life" is a series of ten digital photographs representing the views of the city and its environment as it is re-discovered in the last weeks of May 2020.After weeks of confinement following the COVID-19 quarantine. Our eyes are slowly looking upwards, watching our environment, and looking for clues about the structural changes we are expecting to have happened during these weeks. Colliding with the public debate about acknowledging white privilege, the end of quarantine catalyzes all American society’s anxieties and forces everyone to re-think and re-frame our accepted positions in the social field.
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Americart2019 is a documentary film that was made right before COVID-19. It might be one of the most significant #art do...
10/06/2020

Americart2019 is a documentary film that was made right before COVID-19. It might be one of the most significant #art documentary films of the decade. Directed by EFDLTstudio and Produced by Pierre Gervois, the film feature emotional and intimate stories of artists in America's Heartland. A MUST WATCH. Presented for the first time the Chelsea Film Festival (Oct 15-18). Register for the Chelsea Film Festival here:🌈 bit.ly/iwantmypass #americart2019 #art #documentaryfilm #CFFNY2020

The Chelsea Film Festival is the first Film Festival where the film #americart2019 will be presented in official competition. Don't forget to register here and watch all the great films in the competition!
https://filmfestplus.com/films/?festival=ch9s43qWkmb906cx

Chelsea Film Festival
10/06/2020

Chelsea Film Festival

🔥Announcing our CFF 2020 Official Jury: Heather Rae, Taryn Manning, Paul Calderon (Jury President), Eli Rosen & Robin Weigert!

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09/22/2020

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Americart2019
09/17/2020

Americart2019

We are thrilled to announce that our film #americart2019 has been selected in official competition at the Chelsea Film Festival in NYC (Oct 15-18th). The film Director EFDLTstudio , Executive Producer Pierre Gervois, our sponsor WhistlePig Whiskey, our partner U.S. Cultural and Heritage Marketing Council, and our distribution company Indie Rights Movies are very proud of this achievement. We want also to warmly thank our ten destination partners who co-produced the film: Montgomery County, MD Tourism , Visit Franklin, TN, Visit Wichita, Visit McPherson , Greater Pueblo Chamber of Commerce, Visit Glenwood Springs, Elko, Nevada Travel Baker County Reno Tahoe, and Sonoma County, CA. Special thanks to Bill Maier/ Ten Gallon Fat Music, who composed the original music score of the film. #CFFNY2020 #filmfestival #documentaryfilm #art #culture #travel
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CONGRATS!!
09/16/2020

CONGRATS!!

Very proud to announce that our film #Americart2019 , Directed by EFDLTstudio, produced by Legit Productions and distributed by Indie Rights Movies has been selected to be in Official Competition at the 2021 Southeast Regional Film Festival in Jacksonville, Florida (May 2021). #filmfestival #officialcompetition #efdltstudio #legitproductions #indierights

The Face of America stands in solidarity with the YOUNG AT ART MUSEUM (FL)Here is the story:#SaveYAA! Broward County is ...
09/04/2020

The Face of America stands in solidarity with the YOUNG AT ART MUSEUM (FL)

Here is the story:

#SaveYAA! Broward County is YAA’s Landlord and they have neglected to institute proper safety and cleaning procedures relating to COVID-19 during the pandemic at the Young At Art facility. They are wrongfully withholding grant money from Young At Art Museum (YAA), grossly mismanaged the maintenance of the County building, and are moving to wrongfully terminate YAA’s lease at the Broward County building amidst the COVID-19 pandemic when Broward County forced YAA to stop operations through an Executive Order but continued to unlawfully charge them for rent and operating costs.
YAA will do everything in our power to continue to serve you through the Arts. Over the past 31 years, we have served over 1 million constituents in Broward County providing art to children for whom having an outlet and form of expression is so crucial including homeless children, children in transitional homes, children with autism or other sensory integration sensitivities, at-risk teen girls and many underserved children. Now, we call on you to stand with us! Share this post on your feed! Tag @YoungAtArtMuseum, @BrowardCommissionInfo @mayordaleholness , @michaeludine , @beamfurr , @mark_bogen , @commissionersharief, @senator_steve_geller and anyone who loves Young At Art Museum! Visit the link in @youngatartmuseum bio to learn more.

Our Story:

Our partners in Broward County have neglected to institute proper safety and cleaning procedures relating to COVID-19 during the pandemic at the Young At Art facility. They are wrongfully withholding grant money from Young At Art Museum (YAA), grossly mismanaged the maintenance of the County Building, and are moving to wrongfully terminate YAA’s lease at the Broward County Building amidst the COVID-19 pandemic when Broward County forced YAA to stop operations through an Executive Order but continued to illegally charge them for rent and operating costs.

We would love to continue to serve the Broward community and look forward to a meaningful conversation about the future of Young At Art Museum and Broward County’s partnership. Read below to learn our story and how you can take action! YAA will do everything in our power to continue to serve you through the Arts. Now, we call on you to stand with us!

Young At Art Museum (YAA) has had the privilege to serve the community for over 31 years, impacting the lives of families and inspiring the child in all of us through the power of art. We provide art to children for whom having an outlet and form of expression is so crucial including homeless children, children in transitional homes, children with autism or other sensory integration sensitivities, at-risk teen girls and many underserved children. Since opening our doors in 1989, Young At Art Museum has served over 1 million constituents in Broward County. While art programming has recessed in public schools across the county, Young At Art Museum has expanded to meet the growing creative and cultural needs of our community. YAA was financially successful in our first two locations with landlords who understood the importance of the arts and generously provided donated space. We are forever grateful to them for believing in our mission.

In 2006, Founder and CEO, Mindy Shrago led a capital campaign fundraising millions of dollars towards the purchase of land and construction of YAA’s first permanent home. In May of 2012, our dream was realized: the opening of a 55,000 square foot state-of-the-art Gold Green LEED certified YAA building, housing a 10,000 square foot children’s library. Our lease with Broward County stated that they “believe that YAA is a valuable resource to the community that adds culture and provides educational experience for County’s youth, and (the) County hopes that YAA succeeds and maintains its presence in Broward County for a long time.” We were excited to work together with Broward in service of our community. Unfortunately, we quickly understood that our partners did not view YAA as a valuable resource and would not hold up their end of the partnership. Now, amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, Broward County’s punitive actions have ensured YAA’s failure.

From the onset of our partnership, the County has grossly mismanaged the maintenance of the YAA building and the surrounding campus. In 2014, an investigation was opened into the Broward County Facilities Management Division and in 2016, an OIG report filed. In it, the Inspector General found “Gross Mismanagement” for the Division's oversight of landscaping vendors. (...Gross Mismanagement by the Broward County Facilities Management Division, Ref. OIG 14-026). The OIG report lists four photographs of unsightly lawn conditions and states “The Young at Art Facility is yet another example of the unacceptable conditions.” This OIG report was kept quiet and no newspaper outlet or media coverage came of the report. At the time of the investigation, Ian Mitchell was the Contract Administrator responsible for managing, coordinating, monitoring, and evaluating performance of the vendors that service the YAA building. During his interview with the OIG, Mr. Mitchell admitted that he had “dropped the ball” and “should have done more” in reference to his oversight of YAA’s landscaping vendor. Instead of making positive personnel changes, the County promoted Ian Mitchell to assistant director of the Broward County Facilities Management Division.

The OIG report was created to correct gross mismanagement but with nobody at the County held accountable, we have been left with the continued repercussions. We have documented the consequences YAA has faced due to this mismanagement which include but are not limited to:

After YAA opened its doors in 2012, the County did not install signage onto the building for Young At Art until January 2020, despite continued requests.

Inoperable security and operational tools which pose security risks to YAA and have been ignored by the County such as the many broken security cameras, broken PA system and lack of sound activated security alarms on exterior doors.

Drone aerial footage of our dilapidated building, which had badly deteriorated due to the failure of the paint to adhere as necessary preparations were not taken prior to painting. We have uncovered the County’s report from a lab which confirms this finding and is public record.

Videos, photographs and other documents (some of which are also public record) which clearly exhibit mismanagement that resulted in improper lawn maintenance.

The County-contracted Cleaning Supervisor neglected conducting annual cleanings, referred to as “air qualities.”

County-contracted vendors commonly entered the premises without supervision from YAA’s building manager. This often exposed children to dangerous areas of the museum including one occasion when four children entered the Young At Art Server room.

The unauthorized use of YAA machinery by County employees including the haphazard abandonment of the lift in the library.

Unlabeled circuit breakers, a simple yet crucial task when considering the safety of children and families.

Substandard plumbing maintenance which led to the most recent diagnosis of needing complete renovation due to neglect.

Neglected to install cover for outdoor kilns, creating unsafe working conditions for students.

Without proper building maintenance, it became more challenging to maintain the business within. For years, we explained to the County that their gross mismanagement and lack of service are damaging the building, making fundraising impossible for us and putting our partnership and service to the community at risk. The County responded with claims of past operating (mostly maintenance) expenses. Their actions have not been those of a partner who hopes for our success, but rather of one who wants to be paid in full for services poorly provided or not provided at all.

Currently YAA has paid rent through February 29, 2020 up until the COVID-19 pandemic began. On March 17, 2020, the County issued executive orders which directed YAA to close its doors and suspend all programs and functions due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. YAA lost revenue with the termination of Museum admissions, fundraisers, camps, classes, field trips, birthdays, and community events. In the face of great uncertainty and adversity, YAA staff continued to enrich and empower our community through the arts by driving to underserved communities to distribute art kits, mask-making kits and Bombas socks via our ArtREACH Program and Summer Break Spot sites. Our Community Initiatives Team also conducted a Driving Graduation Party for ArtREACH families, delivering students’ graduation certificates and artwork made during the school year, non-perishable food bags, balloons and goodie bags with toys.

YAA generates most of its income during the Summer but unfortunately that revenue stream was also greatly affected because of the drastic social distancing and capacity requirements put in place by the County due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Summer Camp was our only paid program we could run yet it operated at a financial loss and ran solely for the benefit of our constituents who needed a place for their children while they were at work. We hoped to find a partner in the County- one that could work together in prioritizing the safety of our staff, students and their families however the County completely mismanaged many health protocols during the COVID-19 pandemic. When YAA reported COVID-19 concerns and asked for guidance and proper reporting, no known action was taken. County-vendor Triangle Cleaning Services manager falsely accused the museum of two positive COVID-19 cases, setting in motion a highly consequential staff-wide rumor by sharing this fabricated medical information with another Triangle employee. Instead of making the necessary reports about county/vendor transgressions, the County FMD department sent the museum a letter saying they were suspending services by the County Janitorial Vendor in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic.

As a non-profit Young At Art Museum serves Broward County and is therefore eligible for funding provided by our County’s Cultural Division. Because of YAA’s quality programs we were designated to receive two grants totalling over $160,000.00 from the Cultural Division. In an attempt to attack YAA and hurt its ability to fight the County in an upcoming legal dispute, we were informed by the Cultural Division that they, “have been advised by the administration of the County to withhold releasing some of these agreements be they the supplemental grant contract and also the processing of the amendment to the operating grant as well.” We called the Cultural Division to ask for further guidance and they informed us that they had never seen funds withheld in this manner and that they would need to speak to the commissioners for further guidance. (link to sound uploaded on SoundCloud)

After refusing to maintain our building, suspending our programs, offering no support throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and then withholding our grants, the County delivered their lethal blow on July 29th when they sent YAA an eviction notice. In it they stated that YAA had 10 days to make maintenance payments (despite their lack of upkeep on our maintenance) and rent payments (despite our inability to conduct any programming due to Broward County’s order). YAA was forced to cancel the upcoming year of preschool and the last two weeks of summer camp, forcing many parents to hastily search for alternative childcare options.

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