The Art Academy: A History of Memphis College of Art - 7:30 pm showing
Wednesday, May 2, 2012 from 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM (CDT)
The 7 pm show is SOLD OUT, but tickets are now on sale for the just-added 10 pm show. To buy yours, go to http://theartacademy10pm.eventbrite.com/
True Story Pictures' new documentary, The Art Academy: A History of Memphis College of Art premieres at the Studio on the Square on Wednesday, May 2 at 7:30 pm. In addition to the screening, there will be a free art exhibit and silent auction in the theatre lobby from 12 noon to 10 pm that day, with an informal reception at 6 pm, prior to the screening. For details about the event, visit www.truestorypictures.org.
The Art Academy follows the improbable story of a tiny school that flourished and adapted over seven decades to become what it is today - the Memphis College of Art.
Think of it as the little art school that could. In its original incarnation, the Memphis Academy of Arts was born out of a great schism between the old Victorian style of art education and the new Modernism of the 1930s. “It was a revolution,” as former student Carroll Cloar put it.
From Mildred Hudson's leadership during the war, to Ted Rust’s golden age, to Jeff Nesin's expansion, the school has reinvented itself over and over again. The thread that connects the past to the present is a familial culture that embraces "the odd people out" and values a nurturing relationship between teacher and student.
Probably best known for its legendary faculty and iconic architecture, MCA has some surprises up its historical sleeve -- masquerade balls, celebrity visits, indoor waterfalls, even a kidnapping. The Art Academy teases these stories out for audiences using archival footage, old and new interviews, narrative animations, and an original soundtrack by Steve Selvidge and Paul Taylor.
As appropriate for a film about an art school, the documentary features cutting edge art direction by recent grad Ryan McGahan. Producer/director Joann Self Selvidge insisted on hiring MCA alumni to support McGahan, and the team includes Matt Pierson (illustration), Kong Wee Pang (illustration and animation), Michael Shaw (storyboards and animations), and Lauren Rae Holtermann (illustration). Thanks to sponsor Archer Malmo, a large portion of the animation was developed pro bono.
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