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Doors open at 5:30pm; film begins at 6pm.

Heavy Weight Paint is a feature length documentary film about four figurative painters: Jerome Lagarrigue, Joseph Adolphe, Tim Okamura, and Taha Clayton. They are at different points in their careers, but share the struggle to survive the difficult, often grueling challenges of the art world. Each artist faces unique obstacles, but the painters' uncommon friendship provides the moral support to spur them onward.

Jerome Lagarrigue was raised in Paris, moved to the United States in 1992 and graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1996. He has received several awards for his work, including the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award and the Ezra Jack Keats Award (2002). In 2007 he collaborated with celebrated poet Maya Angelou for the illustrations of her book Poetry. In 2009, Lagarrigue was commissioned by the Metropolitan Opera to paint Tosca, as part of the opera’s set design.

Born in Calgary, Canada in 1968, Joseph Adolphe moved to New York City in 1992 to attend graduate school at the School of Visual Arts. He is currently represented by The Bertrand Delacroix Gallery in NYC and The Kehler Liddell gallery in New Haven. He is a professor in the department of Fine Arts at St. John’s University in NY where he teaches drawing and painting.

An emerging artist with no formal academic training, Taha Clayton gathers inspiration from his passion for music, the world around him, and his vivid imagination. Clayton’s paintings pull viewers into a dreamlike world, guiding them through a story built from his own experiences, environment, and fantasy.

Born in Edmonton, Canada, painter Tim Okamura earned a B.F.A. with Distinction at the Alberta College of Art and Design in Calgary, Canada before moving to New York City to attend the School of Visual Arts in 1991. After graduating with an M.F.A. in 1993, Okamura relocated to Brooklyn, where he continues to live and work.

Jeff Martini has been involved in Film, Television, Music & the Web for over 15 years. He has worked as director, editor, producer, music composer, cinematographer, sound engineer, web developer, Foley artist and an instructor for artists, agencies, TV stations, indie film houses & schools in and around New York City. He has recently relocated to Capitol Hill, Washington DC.



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