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Tierney Gearon: The Mother Project

Tierney Gearon , Peter Sutherland , Jack Youngelson  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Tierney Gearon
  • Directors: Peter Sutherland, Jack Youngelson
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Zeitgeist Films
  • DVD Release Date: September 25, 2007
  • Run Time: 70 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000QFCDB8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #164,494 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Tierney Gearon: The Mother Project" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Over 20 minutres of deleted scenes
  • Home movies and Super-8 footage
  • Selected Tierney Gearon photos from the "Mother Project" series
  • Statements form Tierney Gearon and the filmmakers

Editorial Reviews

Review

One of the most remarkable and layered explorations of family relationships, insanity and the motivations of memoristic artists ever to have been made. --San Francisco Chronicle

In Gearon s photos we re witnessing a mother-daughter bonding ritual that would seem terribly reckless were it not so heartbreaking and hilarious. --The New Yorker

Product Description

Celebrated photographer Tierney Gearon s work has been labeled manipulative, disturbing and even perverse. A former model and dancer, Gearon came to notorious fame in 2001 when photos of her own naked and masked children in the I Am a Camera show at London s Saatchi Gallery had authorities threatening child pornography charges.

Filmmakers Peter Sutherland (Pedal) and Jack Youngelson (Producer, Ghosts of Abu Ghraib) follow this exceptional artist over the course of two years as she assembles her most daring and emotionally complex body of work to date: a series on her manic-depressive schizophrenic mother, who resides in Grey Gardens squalor in the frozen suburbs of upstate New York. The mixture of art and family can almost be too close for comfort, but like much of Gearon s photographs there is a subversive beauty that emerges from the incongruity between ordinary moments and madness. Tierney Gearon: The Mother Project is a moving and intricate portrait of an artist, her inspirations and unconventional family relationships.


Features: Over 20 minutes of deleted scenes, including footage from The Mother Project's New York gallery opening; Home movies, including rare Super-8 footage; Selected Tierney Gearon photos from The Mother Project series; Trailer; Filmmakers' statement

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Illuminating October 21, 2007
Format:DVD
Hmm. Was the reviewer who wants to put Tierney Gearon in jail really so shocked and appalled by this film? He seems to have still had the "nerve" to watch the whole thing. His puritanical view is really more shocking than anything you'll see in the film. The movie is a sensitive portrayal of a photographer mining the precarious terrain of her own life and her own family--brave and unsentimental art that is captured without judgement by the unobtrusive filmmakers. A brilliant and enlightening documentary on one person's life and creative process.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank God for REAL PEOPLE! August 28, 2007
By Therese
Format:DVD
Huh?

How could this last "reviewer" be so linear in his or her thinking? I thought it was a challenging, thought and emotion-provoking but beautiful film! Families come in all shapes and sizes and have all kinds of problems and this family while appearing unique, yes, is also a family that knows an incredible amount of love and acceptance of each other. These children are clearly raised by artists...and there is no such thing as a perfect artist (especially in a parent!) nor is there such a thing as a perfect parent, artist or not. Her children will have good stories to share when they grow up and they will most likely be free thinkers and movers and shakers. At the very least, I am fairly certain they will not say they weren't loved and I know they won't feel they'd been abused in any way. I applaud Tierney's ability to show off her body (same goes with her mother) and show her children that there is nothing wrong with the naked human body. There is nothing sexual going on but on the contrary, it is unusually wholesome -- and by "unusually" I simply mean by our culture's standards. Good for you Tierney. She shared her personal story with all its colors of beauty and love and dysfunction and she brought tears to my eyes (in the wee hours of the morning the other night when I couldn't sleep and stumbled across this film) because the "nakedness" of her story -- the honesty -- was very refreshing.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Remember Walt Whitman: "The Body Electric" March 3, 2008
Format:DVD
In response to the woman who wants to jail Tierney, I just watched the documentary and found it beautiful, honest, visceral. Many artists are provoked by the human body: Gary Snyder, Walt Whitman, Ginsberg, Marguerite Duras, Anne Sexton...the list is endless...even artists that may not have been aware of the body's impact on their art--I'm thinking of Christina Rossetti--probably didn't feel the need for some modern transubstantiation in order to at least sense the body as sacred. People who constantly sexualize the body (though I do not see this as a necessary bad thing either) are, it seems to me, often not able to perceive the ugliness, the beauty, the ineffable subtleties that the body has to teach us. We only live once in the skin around us. Let it be consoled by us and not reprimanded!
Thank you Tierney for your honesty. I didn't want you to see this woman's comment (if you ever waste the time by reading these) and think that all "Okies" are so insane.
My sister is schizophrenic. I identitfied with a great deal of this work through your documentary! I'll try to be there to fight for your freedom if the day comes when you are (like poor K) taken to jail for being human.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Art, Family and Madness August 8, 2007
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Celebrated photographer Tierney Gearon's work has been labeled manipulative, disturbing and even perverse. A former model and dancer, Gearon came to notorious fame in 2001 when photos of her own naked and masked children in the "I Am a Camera" show at London's Saatchi Gallery had authorities threatening child pornography charges.

Filmmakers Peter Sutherland (Pedal) and Jack Youngelson (Producer, Ghosts of Abu Ghraib) follow this exceptional artist over the course of two years as she assembles her most daring and emotionally complex body of work to date: a series on her manic-depressive schizophrenic mother, who resides in Grey Gardens squalor in the frozen suburbs of upstate New York. The mixture of art and family can almost be too close for comfort, but like much of Gearon's photographs there is a subversive beauty that emerges from the incongruity between ordinary moments and madness. Tierney Gearon: The Mother Project is a moving and intricate portrait of an artist, her inspirations and unconventional family relationships.

SPECIAL FEATURES:
* Over 20 minute of deleted scenes, including footage from The Mother Project's New York gallery opening
* Home movies, including rare Super-8 footage
* Selected Tierney Gearon photos from the Mother Project series
* Statements from Tierney Gearon and the filmmakers
* English subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired
* Trailer
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0 of 29 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Most Disgusting and Disturbing August 9, 2007
Format:DVD
DO NOT EVEN THINK ABOUT BUYING THIS UNLESS YOU WANT TO SUPPORT CHILD PORN AND ENDANGERMENT. THIS WOMAN SHOULD HAVE LOST HER CHILDREN WHEN THEY WERE BORN AND SHAME ON SUNDANCE FOR EVEN SHOWING SUCH A MORTIFIED MOTHER AND HER MOTHER NAKED TOGETHER. IT IS SICK, DIMENTED, TWISTED, AND PAINFUL TO THE EYE. I WANT HER OUT OF THIS COUNTRY AND ALSO SUNDANCE HAS SOME EXPLAINING TO DO. I WAS IN TEARS AND AM STILL IN SHOCK. PLEASE DO WATCH IT ON SUNDANCE IF YOU HAVE THE CHANNEL JUST SO THAT YOU WILL COME WITH ME ON MY PLEA TO PUT HER IN JAIL. THERE IS A SHOT OF HER WITH HER SON AND SOME MALE FRIENDS (YOUNG BOYS) PARADING NAKED ON THE TOP OF A BED AS SHE WAS NAKED SITTING ON THE EDGE OF THE BED LAUGHING. TOTALLY SICK!!!!!
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