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James Castle: Portrait of an Artist (2008)

James Castle , John Yau , Jeffrey Wolf  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: James Castle, John Yau, Robert Storr, Terry Winters, John Ollman
  • Directors: Jeffrey Wolf
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • DVD Release Date: June 23, 2009
  • Run Time: 53 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001VEC88G
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #291,080 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "James Castle: Portrait of an Artist" on IMDb

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Evocative, beautifully shot and absorbing, with a refreshing lack of sentimentality. --David Ebony, Art in America

Castle's life is truly inspirational, and his art can be sublime: a fierce creative vision fueled by determination and endless patience. The life must emerge in the art, and in this film it does so eloquently. --Edward J. Sozanski, Philadelphia Inquirer

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Born deaf in 1899 in rural Idaho-- only nine years after that frontier territory was admitted to the Union-- James Castle mined the local landscape of his family's homesteads and his own deeply private world to produce an astonishing body of drawings, collages, and constructions which eventually gained worldwide recognition.

Jeffrey Wolf's acclaimed film reveals Castle's life and creative process, as told by family embers, art historians, curators, artists, collectors, and members of the deaf community. This inspirational story of a true Outsider Artist is a remarkable example of the triumph of the spirit-- and the imagination.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible story of James Castle July 4, 2014
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Artist Danny Gregory wrote about James Castle in one of his blogs and I was curious to find out more about him. I was excited ti find this excellent video about his life. If you are an artist, regardless of what mediums you use, you will be awed by this mans life. This is a most wonderful video for anyone, artist or not, about human ingenuity and perseverance. I will watch again, and maybe again, to enjoy the creative genius of James Castle.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Take the time to get to know James Castle January 28, 2014
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Terrific video about an extraordinary 29th century artist very few people are aware.
Born deaf and unableto speak thisaelf taught artist reminds all the virtue of observation. His work insightful into his world take us on our own journey of self discovery,if we dare to explore our own relationship to our everydays lives. One of the several messages I came away with, be present in each and every moment.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful documentary about an untrained deaf artist. November 28, 2013
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The artists and curators gave good insight into the drawings of James castle . Seemed to be a compulsion to make his beautiful art giving us a doorway into his mind. His family seemed to love and respect him which allowed him to be so prolific. I was amazed at the sophisticated abstractions. I wonder if his deafness allowed him to see his world more acutely had he not been deaf.
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