Stylish documentary illustrating the life of pioneering abstract expressionist JOAN MITCHELL unearths on DVD after 18 years

IMMEDIATE RELEASE

STYLISH DOCUMENTARY ILLUSTRATING THE LIFE OF PIONEERING ABSTRACT EXPRESSIONIST UNEARTHS ON DVD AFTER 18 YEARS

JOAN MITCHELL:
PORTRAIT OF AN ABSTRACT PAINTER
Arrives July 27th, 2010

NEW YORK, NY June 24, 2010 – Available on DVD for the first-time since the film’s theatrical release approximately 18 years ago, JOAN MITCHELL: PORTRAIT OF AN ABSTRACT PAINTER is a powerful and intimate portrait that captures the late Mitchell’s independent spirit and testifies eloquently to Mitchell’s art. One of the great abstract painters of the 20th century, Mitchell was an active participant of New York’s dynamic Abstract Expressionist scene and hung out with fellow painters Franz Kline, Willem de Kooning and Philip Guston, as well as poets Frank O’Hara, James Schuyler and John Ashbery. In the mid-fifties, she moved to Paris, where she was part of a circle of friends that included Pierre Matisse, Samuel Beckett and Alberto Giacometti. This elegantly edited documentary weaves together interviews with the acerbic Mitchell and other leading painters and critics, while letting her stunning pictures dominate the film. Stephen Holden of the New York Times says, “The canvases have grand chaotic romanticism. While celebrating the physical universe with an ecstatic love of color, they don’t shy away from expressing a harsh, feral apprehension of nature and its violence.”

Written, directed and co-produced by the late Marion Cajori, a filmmaker well-known for capturing the creative process in documentaries about artists, the film became a critic’s darling playing at Toronto, Sundance and Melbourne Film Festivals. The documentary went on to win several top awards including the Whitney Pratt Grand Prize Montreal Int’l Festival for Films on Art and the Gold Plaque Award Chicago Int’l Film Festival

The DVD retails at $29.95 and comes with a lavish 40-page booklet produced by the Joan Mitchell Foundation that features photos, colorful artwork, a poignant letter from the heart by Marion Cajori to Joan Mitchell herself plus more.

FILM CREDITS:
Producers: Christian Blackwood, Marion Cajori
Director: Marion Cajori
Editor: Grace Tankersley
Cinematographer: Ken Kobland
Sound: Susan Korda, Pamela Yates
Art Courtesy Joan Mitchell, The Museum of Modern Art, The Robert Miller Gallery, The Jean Fournier Gallery

TECHNICAL INFORMATION:
Catalog #: NNVG224510
Language: English
Rating: N/A
Color: Color and B&W
Running Time: 58 mins
Audio Format: Stereo
Genre: Documentary
Distributor: New Video/ Arthouse Films
Release Date: 7/27/10
Pre-Order Date: 6/29/10

About New Video®
New Video is a leading independent privately-held distributor bringing you quality entertainment via DVD, Blu-ray, download and streaming platforms and cable VOD. We are the proud home to some of the most prestigious names in the industry like A&E®, HISTORY™, Lifetime®, Major League Baseball®, Scholastic Storybook Treasures™, Arthouse Films and Tribeca Film as well as our own lines Docurama Films®, and the newly launched Flatiron Film Company®. Since 1991, our mission has been to unearth first-rate content and deliver them to audiences through traditional platforms and evolving new media. We selectively handpick our library while collaborating directly with our brand partners and filmmakers to cultivate a superior product and fresh new viewing experiences for our audiences. We are headquartered in New York City, but have an international presence in 45 territories.

Press and Screener Contact:
John Squires, New Video
646-259-4138/ jsquiresatnewvideodotcom

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