Kennedy-McIlwee Studio Theatre, Thompson Hall, 2241 Dunn Ave., Raleigh, North Carolina
Five-time Emmy Award-winning director and cinematographer Dyanna Taylor will introduce and discuss three of her films in person on three consecutive evenings. Each free screening will be followed by a Q&A session.
Nov. 16, 6 p.m. — Dorothea Lange: Grab a Hunk of Lightning
For many, Dorothea Lange’s iconic 1936 Migrant Mother photograph represents the very essence of the Great Depression of the 1930s. But it was only one of many achievements in the much larger story of Lange’s amazing life. Dyanna Taylor’s award-winning film about her own grandmother includes never-before-seen interviews and images that reveal the astounding breadth of Lange’s work and artistic vision.
Nov. 17, 6 p.m. — VANISHED!!
In 1934, 20-year-old artist-poet Everett Ruess wandered into the canyons of southern Utah and was never seen again. His disappearance—a murder mystery?—turned him into a folk hero and a Native American legend. VANISHED!! follows his footsteps into an unforgiving wilderness that remains one of the most spectacular places on Earth.
Nov. 18, 6 p.m. — Agnes Martin: With My Back to the World
Though hardly a household name, during her long career artist Agnes Martin was named one of the ten greatest living artists. Taylor filmed Martin in her Taos, New Mexico, studio the year she turned 90, as the artist looked back over a creative life spent as a pioneer in contemporary art’s avant-garde.