Stephen Pace: Maine Master
August 31, 2009
Stephen Pace: Maine Master is part of a series of documentaries
about Maine artists. Pace, who spent extended summers in the fishing
village of Stonington, Maine, spent 50 years as a second generation
abstract expressionist in New York after WWII where he met Gertrude
Stein and Pablo Picasso. On the GI Bill in Mexico he met and became
a protégé of American painter Milton Avery. Upon
moving to New York City he found himself in the swim of the art
world making friends with Franz Kline, Jackson Pollack, and Hans
Hofmann amongst others. The Whitney Museum accepted his work in
their Biennials seven times.
This film chronicles Pace and his wife Pam’s last days in
Maine closing his studio and summer home while being celebrated
by neighbors and the community that loved them most.
Director: Richard Kane
Writer: Richard Kane
Year of Release: 2008
Running Time: 29
New England Connection:
Richard Kane brought his company Kane-Lewis Productions to Maine
in 1998 and is currently the chair of
the Maine Film & Video Association.
Richard Kane’s second film Tough, Pretty or Smart
won best documentary at the Cork International Film Festival (1981)
and went on to the Academy Awards. He later freelanced for National
Geographic, Discovery, CBS, and the Kennedy Center where he directed
many arts-in-education videos and for the White House Technology
Office where he directed a short narrated by President Bill Clinton.
In 1998, he won a Cine Golden Eagle for Faces of Microcredit
a series on global women entrepreneurs. He moved his company Kane-Lewis
Productions to Maine in 1998 and released an indy documentary
M.C. Richards: The Fire Within selected for eight international
festivals. He currently directs Maine Masters a series on artists
now in its eleventh episode; is producing a documentary on the
50th anniversary of the Natural Resources Council of Maine; and
ROCK SOLID: The Schoodic International Sculpture Symposium.
Richard is the chair of the Maine Film & Video Association.
to see the original article at NewEnglandFilm.org