Monday, August 16, 2010

The Brian Dennis Project ... Discussing the art of making art.

Philadelphia Independent Film Festival / Underground Film Forum

Documentary Feature: The Brian Dennis Project

Amy Leonard

Chronicling the creation, installation, and exhibition of an original piece of art, Joe'l Ludovich and Katherine Sender's documentary The Brian Dennis Project relates the ups and downs experienced by an independent artist. When invited to create artwork for the Philadelphia Art Alliance, Brian Dennis begins a year-long undertaking - he designs an enormous structural piece that is meant to lean on the Art Alliance's staircase. However, creating a concept model proves to be merely the first step in a long process. Dennis must weather uncertainty, frustration, confrontation, and a good deal of elbow grease. But to Dennis, who dedicates his life to art, all of the stress is worth it when the piece is complete and opening night rolls around.

The Brian Dennis Project features simple documentary style shooting and editing, capturing the impromptu essence of Dennis's artistic process. Because of the minimalist style of the film, the raw emotions that surface at each stage of Dennis's journey shine through, allowing viewers to vicariously experience the art making process. Though the process is frequently hampered by a number of setbacks, the excitement and sense of accomplishment at the creation of the piece can be thoroughly felt.

A simple yet heartfelt documentary, The Brian Dennis Project offers a holistic glimpse at the struggles and joys of being an artist.

Thank you to the Philadelphia Art Alliance.


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