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Michael Blackwood Productions, Inc.

Michael Blackwood Productions, Inc. Independent documentary filmmaker Michael Blackwood has produced and directed more than 150 films on the arts. Michael Blackwood Productions, Inc.

is an independent film company producing documentaries on the arts. We are interested in architecture and architects, art and artists, dance and choreographers, and music and composers.

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Today marks the 30 years since the death of Francis Bacon. The British painter's incomparable body of work, often interp...
04/28/2022

Today marks the 30 years since the death of Francis Bacon. The British painter's incomparable body of work, often interpreted as dark and grotesque, were renderings of what Bacon described as "the brutality of fact."

Our 1985 documentary "Francis Bacon and the Brutality Fact" sees critic David Sylvester, a dear friend of the artist, digging deep into the artistic psyche of Bacon as they discuss the painter's upbringing, inspirations, and all of the personal politics and philosophies that Bacon pours into his work.

"Francis Bacon and the Brutality Fact" is available to stream via Apple TV, Amazon, Vimeo, and Kanopy. Please visit our website for more information.

Still images from 'Francis Bacon and the Brutality Fact' (1985, directed by Michael Blackwood, 58 min., color, 16mm) © Michael Blackwood Productions, Inc.

#FrancisBacon #Bacon #Art #Artist #Painter #Painting #OTD #OnThisDay #ArtHistory #ModernArt #DavidSylvester #Documentary #Film #MichaelBlackwoodProductions

We would like to wish a happy birthday to Swiss architect Peter Zumthor.10 years ago, we released our documentary "The P...
04/26/2022

We would like to wish a happy birthday to Swiss architect Peter Zumthor.

10 years ago, we released our documentary "The Practice of Architecture: Visiting Peter Zumthor." The film captures a visit from renowned critic and theorist Kenneth Frampton to Frampton's studio, located in the remote village of Haldenstein in the Swiss Canton of Graubünden. There the two great minds discuss Zumthor's most famous works, as well as works that were yet to be completed.

The film is available to stream via Amazon, Vimeo, and Kanopy. Please visit our website for more information.

Still images from 'The Practice of Architecture: Visiting Peter Zumthor' (2012, directed by Michael Blackwood, 58 min., color) © Michael Blackwood Productions, Inc.

#PeterZumthor #Zumthor #Architect #Architecture #Swiss #Switzerland #KennethFrampton #Documentary #Film #MichaelBlackwoodProductions

"Philip Guston Now," an upcoming major retrospective,  will open May 1 at Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and continue throu...
04/15/2022

"Philip Guston Now," an upcoming major retrospective, will open May 1 at Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and continue through September 11, 2022, before traveling to The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston from October 23, 2022 through January 15, 2023, followed by National Gallery of Art from February 26 to August 27, and Tate from October 3, 2034 through February 4, 2024.

To learn more about Philip Guston, please see our documentary films "Philip Guston: A Life Lived" (1980,) and "Conversations with Philip Guston" (2003)

Still images from 'Philip Guston: A Life Lived' (1980, directed by Michael Blackwood, 58 min., color, 16mm) © Michael Blackwood Productions, Inc.

#PhilipGuston #Guston #Artist #Art #Painter #Painting #ArtHistory #Retrospective #Exhibition #Museum #Documentary #Film #MichaelBlackwoodProductions

"Guston in Time: Remembering Philip Guston," written by the late poet and dear friend of Philip Guston, Ross Feld, will ...
04/14/2022

"Guston in Time: Remembering Philip Guston," written by the late poet and dear friend of Philip Guston, Ross Feld, will be available in paperback on May 24, 2022. The cover features an image from our 1980 film "Philip Guston: A Life Lived."

As described by New York Review Books:
"Ross Feld, a young poet, novelist, and critic, was one of the few reviewers of Guston’s show to write favorably about it. Guston responded with a grateful note and a new friendship was soon born. Feld became an inveterate visitor to the painter’s and an inspiration to his work. Guston in Time, written not long before Feld’s early death from cancer, is a portrait of Guston the man; of his wife, Musa, a major figure not only in his life but in his work; and a reckoning with his supremely individual achievement as an artist."

#PhilipGuston #Guston #RossFeld #Art #Artist #Painter #Writer #Book #NonFiction #Literature #Documentary #Film #MichaelBlackwoodProductions

Legendary costume designer Edith Head (1897-1981) is still the most awarded woman in Oscars history, with eight Academy ...
04/04/2022

Legendary costume designer Edith Head (1897-1981) is still the most awarded woman in Oscars history, with eight Academy Awards for Best Costume Design.

In our documentary film "Edith Head," the Hollywood icon presents some of her famous designs using glamorous models to impersonate Mae West, Audrey Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor and Grace Kelly.

The film is available to stream via Amazon, Vimeo, and Kanopy. Please visit our website for more information.

Still images from 'Edith Head' (1981, directed by Christian Blackwood and Charlotte Kerr, 28 min., color, 16mm) © Michael Blackwood Productions, Inc.

#EdithHead #Oscars #AcademyAwards #Designer #CostumeDesigner #Wardrobe #Hollywood #FilmHistory #Movies #Fashion #Documentary #ChristianBlackwood #MichaelBlackwoodProductions

Trisha Brown (November 25, 1936 – March 18, 2017) was an American choreographer and dancer, and one of the founders of t...
03/18/2022

Trisha Brown (November 25, 1936 – March 18, 2017) was an American choreographer and dancer, and one of the founders of the Judson Dance Theater and the postmodern dance movement. She was the Founding Artistic Director and Choreographer of the Trisha Brown Dance Company in 1970, which lives on today performing and teaching her work around the world.

Her legacy is captured in our 1980 dance survey film 'MAKING DANCES: SEVEN POST-MODERN CHOREOGRAPHERS' which also features Douglas Dunn, Kenneth King, Lucinda Childs, David Gordon, Meredith Monk and Sarah Rudner.

Still images from 'Making Dances: Seven Post-Modern Choreographers' (1980, directed by Michael Blackwood, 89 min., color, 16mm) © Michael Blackwood Productions, Inc.

'George Kennan: A Critical Voice' was made at the height of the US-Soviet arms race. George Kennan declared that we were...
03/17/2022

'George Kennan: A Critical Voice' was made at the height of the US-Soviet arms race. George Kennan declared that we were perched on a “razor’s edge of precariousness”, facing irreparable nuclear war. Kennan’s proposals brought him to the forefront of the movement to avert a nuclear catastrophe. His credentials as a Pulitzer Prize winning diplomatic historian and former Ambassador to the Soviet Union established him as the most respected American scholar of Soviet strategic policies. Kennan’s opinions are based on years of experience in East-West affairs; he witnessed first hand the beginnings of the US-Soviet conflict during World War II, which eventually led to the seemingly permanent division of Europe. In this hour-long profile, filmed in 1982, Kennan expresses grave concern about the urgency of ending the arms race and provides specific disarmament proposals.

George Kennan (February 16, 1904 - March 17, 2005)
Still image from 'GEORGE KENNAN: A CRITICAL VOICE' (1982, directed by Michael Blackwood, 58 min., color, 16mm).

#inmemoriam #georgekennan #russia #ukraine #russian #ussr #realism #diplomacy #peace #europe #europa #coldwar #berlinwall #sovietunion #documentary #nuclearbomb #michaelblackwoodproductions #history #nuclearwar #film

Adolph Gottlieb, one of the "The Irascible Eighteen" and first generation of The New York School, was born on this day i...
03/14/2022

Adolph Gottlieb, one of the "The Irascible Eighteen" and first generation of The New York School, was born on this day in 1903 in New York City. He is participated in the making of our first art survey film in 1972 called 'THE NEW YORK SCHOOL'

Michael Graves is the man who popularized the Post-Modernist call for a return to classicism in architecture. His early ...
03/13/2022

Michael Graves is the man who popularized the Post-Modernist call for a return to classicism in architecture. His early designs were based on the aesthetic of Le Corbusier, but he abandoned that approach for one which favored richly colored, ornamented, and highly articulated structures. The most famous of these is the Portland Building, the first large-scale building in the Post-Modern style.

Michael Graves (July 9, 1934 - March 12, 2015)

- film still of Michael Graves in front of his Portland Building (Portland, Oregon) on the day of its opening on October 2, 1982, from 'BEYOND UTOPIA: CHANGING ATTITUDES IN AMERICAN ARCHITECTURE' (1983, directed by Michael Blackwood, 59 min., color, 16mm).

#MichaelGraves #MichaelGravesArchitecture #Documentary #PostModernArchitecture #Architecture #AIA #Portland #MichaelBlackwoodProductions #OTD #inmemoriam

"Everyone has their own dance. And it is always evolving. Everything changes. Clouds become rain, rivers, oceans and fin...
03/10/2022

"Everyone has their own dance. And it is always evolving. Everything changes. Clouds become rain, rivers, oceans and finally water vapor again. Humans are just the same." - Min Tanaka, as quoted in our 1990 documentary film "Butoh: Body on the Edge of Crisis."

"Butoh" is available to stream via Amazon, Vimeo, and Kanopy. Please visit our website for more information.

#MinTanaka #Butoh #Dance #Choreography #Choreographer #Dancer #Theater #JapaneseDance #Japan #Documentary #Film #MichaelBlackwoodProductions

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03/09/2022

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To honor 40 years since the passing of Thelonious Monk, our films "Monk" and "Monk and Europe" are currently being scree...
03/01/2022

To honor 40 years since the passing of Thelonious Monk, our films "Monk" and "Monk and Europe" are currently being screened in cities across Japan until late April. Please visit monk-movie.com for more information.

#TheloniousMonk #Monk #Jazz #Music #Musician #Composer #Pianist #MusicHistory #Film #Documentary #Screening #Japan

"I realized that you should choose your heart's desire when you're planning the rest of your life. So I saw dance and th...
02/23/2022

"I realized that you should choose your heart's desire when you're planning the rest of your life. So I saw dance and thought that must be a combination of art and movement, my two favorite things." - Elizabeth Streb, as quoted in our 2001 documentary film "Streb: Pop Action."

The film is available to stream via Amazon, Vimeo, and Kanopy. Please visit our website for more information.

#ElizabethStreb #Streb #PopAction #Dance #Choreographer #Dancer #Movement #StrebInc #Documentary #Film #MichaelBlackwoodProductions

On this day in 1982, the world lost one of the revolutionary figures in American music. Thelonious Monk's composition an...
02/17/2022

On this day in 1982, the world lost one of the revolutionary figures in American music. Thelonious Monk's composition and piano playing forever changed the landscape of Jazz, and he remains among the pinnacle of great Jazz musicians.

Our two-part documentary series from 1968 follows Monk on tour in the US and Europe, capturing his performances, rehearsals, recording, and personal moments during a highly fruitful era of his career. "Monk" and "Monk in Europe" are available to stream via Amazon, Vimeo, and Kanopy. Please visit our website for more information.

#OTD #TheloniousMonk #Monk #Jazz #Musician #Composer #Pianist #Piano #Music #MusicHistory #Film #Documentary #MichaelBlackwoodProductions

Happy 90th birthday Gerhard Richter!Shown here twenty years ago at MoMA at his 40-year retrospective in our film 'GERHAR...
02/10/2022

Happy 90th birthday Gerhard Richter!

Shown here twenty years ago at MoMA at his 40-year retrospective in our film 'GERHARD RICHTER: 4 DECADES' (2002, directed by Michael Blackwood), the German painter discusses his still active career with art historian Robert Storr.

#GerhardRichter #Painting #MoMA #OTD #Art #ModernArt #Documentary #RobertStorr #Retrospective #ArtHistory
@themuseumofmodernart #ArtFilm @gerhard.richter

"I guess if you could say that if I have rejected anything, the picture making, the story telling approach may be the on...
02/08/2022

"I guess if you could say that if I have rejected anything, the picture making, the story telling approach may be the one thing that I have consistently not used. I just feel that it is not necessary." - Robert Ryman, as quoted in our 1988 documentary film "4 Artists: Robert Ryman, Eva Hesse, Bruce Nauman, Susan Rothenberg."

"4 Artists" is available to stream via Amazon, Vimeo, and Kanopy. Please visit our website for more information.

#RobertRyman #Ryman #Art #Artist #Painter #Painting #Abstract #AbstractArt #Minimalist #Minimalism #MinimalistArt #White #ModernArt #ArtHistory #Documentary #Film #MichaelBlackwoodProductions

Glen Tetley (1926 - 2007) led an extremely varied life in dance while enriching the repertoire of companies all over the...
02/03/2022

Glen Tetley (1926 - 2007) led an extremely varied life in dance while enriching the repertoire of companies all over the world.

Our 1995 documentary film "Glen Tetley: Pierrot's Tower" centers around the staging of Tetley's ballet "Voluntaries." In our film, Tetley speaks on his inspiration, sources, and visions behind his ballets.

"Glen Tetley: Pierrot's Tower" is available to stream via Amazon, Vimeo, and Kanopy. Please visit our website for more information.

#GlenTetley #Ballet #Dance #ModernDance #Dancer #Choreographer #Film #Documentary #MichaelBlackwoodProductions

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Today marks the 30 years since the death of Francis Bacon. The British painter's incomparable body of work, often interpreted as dark and grotesque, were renderings of what Bacon described as "the brutality of fact." Our 1985 documentary "Francis Bacon and the Brutality Fact" sees critic David Sylvester, a dear friend of the artist, digging deep into the artistic psyche of Bacon as they discuss the painter's upbringing, inspirations, and all of the personal politics and philosophies that Bacon pours into his work. "Francis Bacon and the Brutality Fact" is available to stream via Apple TV, Amazon, Vimeo, and Kanopy. Please visit our website for more information. Still images from 'Francis Bacon and the Brutality Fact' (1985, directed by Michael Blackwood, 58 min., color, 16mm) © Michael Blackwood Productions, Inc. #FrancisBacon #Bacon #Art #Artist #Painter #Painting #OTD #OnThisDay #ArtHistory #ModernArt #DavidSylvester #Documentary #Film #MichaelBlackwoodProductions
We would like to wish a happy birthday to Swiss architect Peter Zumthor. 10 years ago, we released our documentary "The Practice of Architecture: Visiting Peter Zumthor." The film captures a visit from renowned critic and theorist Kenneth Frampton to Frampton's studio, located in the remote village of Haldenstein in the Swiss Canton of Graubünden. There the two great minds discuss Zumthor's most famous works, as well as works that were yet to be completed. The film is available to stream via Amazon, Vimeo, and Kanopy. Please visit our website for more information. Still images from 'The Practice of Architecture: Visiting Peter Zumthor' (2012, directed by Michael Blackwood, 58 min., color) © Michael Blackwood Productions, Inc. #PeterZumthor #Zumthor #Architect #Architecture #Swiss #Switzerland #KennethFrampton #Documentary #Film #MichaelBlackwoodProductions
"Philip Guston Now," an upcoming major retrospective, will open May 1 at Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and continue through September 11, 2022, before traveling to The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston from October 23, 2022 through January 15, 2023, followed by National Gallery of Art from February 26 to August 27, and Tate from October 3, 2034 through February 4, 2024. To learn more about Philip Guston, please see our documentary films "Philip Guston: A Life Lived" (1980,) and "Conversations with Philip Guston" (2003) Still images from 'Philip Guston: A Life Lived' (1980, directed by Michael Blackwood, 58 min., color, 16mm) © Michael Blackwood Productions, Inc. #PhilipGuston #Guston #Artist #Art #Painter #Painting #ArtHistory #Retrospective #Exhibition #Museum #Documentary #Film #MichaelBlackwoodProductions
"Guston in Time: Remembering Philip Guston," written by the late poet and dear friend of Philip Guston, Ross Feld, will be available in paperback on May 24, 2022. The cover features an image from our 1980 film "Philip Guston: A Life Lived." As described by New York Review Books: "Ross Feld, a young poet, novelist, and critic, was one of the few reviewers of Guston’s show to write favorably about it. Guston responded with a grateful note and a new friendship was soon born. Feld became an inveterate visitor to the painter’s and an inspiration to his work. Guston in Time, written not long before Feld’s early death from cancer, is a portrait of Guston the man; of his wife, Musa, a major figure not only in his life but in his work; and a reckoning with his supremely individual achievement as an artist." #PhilipGuston #Guston #RossFeld #Art #Artist #Painter #Writer #Book #NonFiction #Literature #Documentary #Film #MichaelBlackwoodProductions
Legendary costume designer Edith Head (1897-1981) is still the most awarded woman in Oscars history, with eight Academy Awards for Best Costume Design. In our documentary film "Edith Head," the Hollywood icon presents some of her famous designs using glamorous models to impersonate Mae West, Audrey Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor and Grace Kelly. The film is available to stream via Amazon, Vimeo, and Kanopy. Please visit our website for more information. Still images from 'Edith Head' (1981, directed by Christian Blackwood and Charlotte Kerr, 28 min., color, 16mm) © Michael Blackwood Productions, Inc. #EdithHead #Oscars #AcademyAwards #Designer #CostumeDesigner #Wardrobe #Hollywood #FilmHistory #Movies #Fashion #Documentary #ChristianBlackwood #MichaelBlackwoodProductions
Trisha Brown (November 25, 1936 – March 18, 2017) was an American choreographer and dancer, and one of the founders of the Judson Dance Theater and the postmodern dance movement. She was the Founding Artistic Director and Choreographer of the Trisha Brown Dance Company in 1970, which lives on today performing and teaching her work around the world. Her legacy is captured in our 1980 dance survey film 'MAKING DANCES: SEVEN POST-MODERN CHOREOGRAPHERS' which also features Douglas Dunn, Kenneth King, Lucinda Childs, David Gordon, Meredith Monk and Sarah Rudner. Still images from 'Making Dances: Seven Post-Modern Choreographers' (1980, directed by Michael Blackwood, 89 min., color, 16mm) © Michael Blackwood Productions, Inc.
'George Kennan: A Critical Voice' was made at the height of the US-Soviet arms race. George Kennan declared that we were perched on a “razor’s edge of precariousness”, facing irreparable nuclear war. Kennan’s proposals brought him to the forefront of the movement to avert a nuclear catastrophe. His credentials as a Pulitzer Prize winning diplomatic historian and former Ambassador to the Soviet Union established him as the most respected American scholar of Soviet strategic policies. Kennan’s opinions are based on years of experience in East-West affairs; he witnessed first hand the beginnings of the US-Soviet conflict during World War II, which eventually led to the seemingly permanent division of Europe. In this hour-long profile, filmed in 1982, Kennan expresses grave concern about the urgency of ending the arms race and provides specific disarmament proposals. George Kennan (February 16, 1904 - March 17, 2005) Still image from 'GEORGE KENNAN: A CRITICAL VOICE' (1982, directed by Michael Blackwood, 58 min., color, 16mm). #inmemoriam #georgekennan #russia #ukraine #russian #ussr #realism #diplomacy #peace #europe #europa #coldwar #berlinwall #sovietunion #documentary #nuclearbomb #michaelblackwoodproductions #history #nuclearwar #film
Adolph Gottlieb, one of the "The Irascible Eighteen" and first generation of The New York School, was born on this day in 1903 in New York City. He is participated in the making of our first art survey film in 1972 called 'THE NEW YORK SCHOOL'
Michael Graves is the man who popularized the Post-Modernist call for a return to classicism in architecture. His early designs were based on the aesthetic of Le Corbusier, but he abandoned that approach for one which favored richly colored, ornamented, and highly articulated structures. The most famous of these is the Portland Building, the first large-scale building in the Post-Modern style. Michael Graves (July 9, 1934 - March 12, 2015) - film still of Michael Graves in front of his Portland Building (Portland, Oregon) on the day of its opening on October 2, 1982, from 'BEYOND UTOPIA: CHANGING ATTITUDES IN AMERICAN ARCHITECTURE' (1983, directed by Michael Blackwood, 59 min., color, 16mm). #MichaelGraves #MichaelGravesArchitecture #Documentary #PostModernArchitecture #Architecture #AIA #Portland #MichaelBlackwoodProductions #OTD #inmemoriam
"Everyone has their own dance. And it is always evolving. Everything changes. Clouds become rain, rivers, oceans and finally water v***r again. Humans are just the same." - Min Tanaka, as quoted in our 1990 documentary film "Butoh: Body on the Edge of Crisis." "Butoh" is available to stream via Amazon, Vimeo, and Kanopy. Please visit our website for more information. #MinTanaka #Butoh #Dance #Choreography #Choreographer #Dancer #Theater #JapaneseDance #Japan #Documentary #Film #MichaelBlackwoodProductions
To honor 40 years since the passing of Thelonious Monk, our films "Monk" and "Monk and Europe" are currently being screened in cities across Japan until late April. Please visit monk-movie.com for more information. #TheloniousMonk #Monk #Jazz #Music #Musician #Composer #Pianist #MusicHistory #Film #Documentary #Screening #Japan