Columbia film premiere shows life of Missouri artist and politician

1 year 11 months 1 week ago Saturday, December 03 2016 Dec 3, 2016 Saturday, December 03, 2016 6:09:00 PM CST December 03, 2016 in News
By: Kiara Ealy, KOMU 8 Reporter
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COLUMBIA — A film about the life of a Missouri artist and politician was shown for free on Saturday.

"The American Artist: The Life and Times of George Caleb Bingham" made its Columbia premiere at MU's Memorial Union at 1:30 p.m. A large portion of the film was recreated thanks to an annotated book of Bingham's letters, which was co-published by the State Historical Society of Missouri and the Friends of Arrow Rock.

Joan Stack, curator of art collections at The State Historical Society of Missouri, said Bingham's artwork gives us a glimpse of 19th century American life as it transformed.

"He tries to use the landscape of Missouri to represent the American story in the West," Stack said. "In particular, the idea of the expanding potential of the West- the  possibility of river traffic, transcontinental river traffic, the possibility of rising commerical ventures, of a nation that is much more than the East Coast."

The Kansas City-based and Emmy-Award-winning Wide Awake Films produced the documentary. Co-director Shane Seley attended the event.

"When the Friends of Arrow Rock decided to commission a documentary on their hometown boy, George Caleb Bingham, they found us in Kansas City," Seley said.

Seley believes Bingham was a trailblazing artist in how he focused on his craft at a time when America was divided and Missouri was still the west. He hopes future stops for the film include some national spotlight.

"Right now we're working on a national broadcast situation," Seley said. "So we're kind of sitting back on the premieres and hope to get this on BBC and national PBS. Those are our two hopes right now."

Some of George Caleb Bingham's artwork can be viewed at the State Historical Society.

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