American, Filmmaker Strives to Help Preserve It, December
15, 2009 by Letitia Baldwin, front page Arts & Leisure
Press Herald, Has Camera Will Travel, October 11, 2009
by Bob Keyes, front page Audience Section
'Rock Solid' screening
Bangor Daily News
Thursday, August 20, 2009
By Emily Burnham
WINTER HARBOR – Sedgwick Filmmaker Richard
Kane has made several powerful documentaries about Maine artists.
Now he has turned his attention to a Maine art event with the premiere
of his film "Rock Solid: The Schoodic International Sculpture
Symposium," which will be held Sunday as part of a celebration
of the biennial symposium. The symposium brings together some of the
top sculptors in the United States and the world.
The day will start at 4:30PM with a reception at Littlefield Gallery
at 145 Main St., followed by the 6 p.m. dedication of "Cleat,"
a piece created for the 2007 SISS by Round Pond sculptor Don Justin
Meserve. "Cleat" stands in the water in the harbor.
"Rock Solid," which features music by Grammy winner Paul
Sullivan, will be shown at 7 p.m. at Hammond Hall, and is free and
open to the public. Kane, Meserve, and SISS project organizer Jesse
Salisbury, a Steuben sculptor who also participated in the 2007 symposium,
will be on hand to answer questions.
Should those events provide inspiration to see the 2009 SISS sculptors
working live on this year's pieces, drive or bike in the next three
weeks to the Schoodic Education and Research Center in Acadia National
Park. They'll be there until Sept. 12.
For more information and to see a trailer of "Rock Solid,"
go to www.schoodicsculpture.org
WERU-FM “Café Des Artistes”
Radio Interview with Richard Kane with Host Anthony Anderson,
August 16, 2008
to hear the interview.
interview with Richard Kane by Scott Casely
Learning From the Masters
• Kane-Lewis Productions reveals both the unique and universal
elements of the artist’s journey
through the Maine Masters series; the story of Stephen Pace premieres
By Scott R. Caseley
Despite growing up as an avid fan of Ingmar Bergman, Richard Kane
never considered film a career pursuit. He was passionate about
things as varied as theater, law, and politics, so he assumed
those interests would lead him to law school. It wasn’t
until his sister got a job with a documentary film company in
New York that he saw film as a viable plan. Following a brief
period as a journalist in San Diego, he began two years of graduate
studies in film at Temple University.
He was working at an Indiana public access affiliate when he met
two people that led him to the making of his first film, Tough,
Pretty or Smart: Dillon Bustin, a folklorist and singer/songwriter,
and Melody Lewis, who would later become Kane’s producer
and wife. Bustin introduced Kane to six fellows from coal mining
backgrounds, aged 18-80, who had formed a string band. Tough,
Pretty or Smart documented their performances at the Kentucky
Old Time Fiddle Festival. The film went on to win Best Documentary
Short at the Cork International Film Festival, which made it an
automatic contender for the 1981 Academy Award.
Kane learned a lot from the process, including the art of grant
writing, what it was like to work with an academic, how to document
different cultures, and notably -- how to film with a 16mm _clair
ACL camera. But it was the personalities that resonated with him
above all. “I have long focused on ordinary people, or lesser-known
people doing extraordinary things. I might have a larger audience
if I’d chose a subject like Bob Dylan, but I’m attracted
to what is common and finding the beauty and truth in that,”
he said in a recent interview with NewEnglandFilm.com.
(Click here to read the interview)
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.
Speech on M.C. Richards by Richard Kane, reprinted
Artist & Philosopher (1916-1999)
by Richard Kane
Caroline Richards had a richly diverse life, which began in Weiser,
Idaho on July 13, 1916. She was raised in Portland, Oregon and
later went to Reed College to earn a degree in literature and
languages. She wrote poetry, and when she became part of the faculty
at Black Mountain College in North Carolina, she taught writing
and produced plays. At Black Mountain she also danced, studied
pottery, and became increasingly interested in innovative teaching
methods. She helped create a commune in New York in the 1950s,
taught and gave pottery workshops in the 1960s, and later worked
in Camphill Village in Pennsylvania, an alternative educational
community based on the teachings of Rudolph Steiner. In the last
decade of her life she began to paint as naturally as if she had
been doing so her whole life. Her art-of-many-genres wove together
all her concerns, including community, agriculture, craft itself,
and spiritual ideas. Always a poet, she regarded the end of her
life – as physically limiting as it was - as another fulfilling
adventure, “living toward dying, blooming into invisibility.”
- Margaret Wakeley
Review of M.C. Richards: The Fire Within
April 28, 2004
M.C. Richards: The Fire Within (NR) ****
Directed by: Richard Kane
Starring: M.C. Richards, Marjory Bankson, Julia Connor, Merce
Cunningham, Arthur Penn, Robert Turner
This short documentary (62 minutes) on painter, poet, sculptor,
writer, philosopher and visionary M.C. Richards is of local interest
because of Richards' connections to Black Mountain College –
that bygone experimental school that she preferred to a tenured
position at the University of Chicago.
Her coming to BMC was a bold move; as M.C. Richards: The Fire
Within points out, there was little money and no security in doing
so. She became part of BMC during its latter days, when the school
was moving away from its communal-styled roots and more toward
a definition of itself as an artist outpost. BMC was then on the
verge of an artistic explosion, home not just to Richards, but
also to Buckminster Fuller, John Cage, Merce Cunningham, Willem
de Kooning and others who would profoundly impact our culture.
to Preview New Maine Masters Film on Lois Dodd
August 9, 2007
By Ellen Hathaway
Ellsworth – Artist Lois Dodd walks up to
a flower, caresses it and tips it toward the camera. Her eyes
twinkle as she talks about her art, what inspires her, what she
"What is in front of you, what I pass, what I notice is what
I paint," she says.
Dodd is the subject of the latest installment in the Maine Masters
film series. On Monday, August 13, at 7:30 p.m., artist Robert
Shetterly and filmmaker Richard Kane will be presenting four episodes
of the Maine Masters series at The Grand in Ellsworth. The highlight
will be a special preview of the episode on Dodd.