A Cinematic Look at How Artists Work
In a small town in Georgia, filmmakers get the chance to create short films about the lives of artists. For the second year running, we invited Brandon Hinman of AIR Serenbe to curate a selection. Happy viewing, Bitter Southerners.
The Serenbe Institute for Art, Culture, & the Environment, based in Chattahoochee Hills, Georgia, since 2004 has worked, in its words, “to build a community of arts-loving, socially engaged, and environmentally conscious citizens.” Three years after its founding, in 2007, the Institute created AIR Serenbe, a nonprofit artist residency program.
This year, AIR Serenbe showcased its second annual FILMER program. Filmmakers receive commissions from the Institute to create short portraits of the artists-in-residence. The resulting films illuminate not only who these artists are, but also how they work. AIR Serenbe gives the filmmakers full creative control over their work, provide them with a residency of their own, and showcase their films. In short, after 10 years of giving artists the time to create new work, AIR Serenbe is now investing in still more artists — specifically these filmmakers.
In this second year of FILMER, AIR Serenbe has produced a valuable set of artifacts to celebrate its small but mighty residency program. Perhaps more importantly, they honor the artists, filmmakers, culture, imagination, and that bizarre human impulse to make beautiful things.
Here is what you’ll see in this selection of six films from the 16 produced in 2018.
A poet imagines life after death as he wades into the Chattahoochee River.
A fourth-generation quilter from legendary Gee’s Bend, Alabama, revisits her mother’s home and the community where she learned her craft.
A percussionist blends music and technology in ways that make the body want to move.
A storyteller remembers her short-lived career as a bruiser basketball player.
A composer explores the ins and outs of sound and silence.
A children's book author muses on the power of unstructured time in her creative process.