Gendron Jensen is a man passionately devoted to his artistic calling. He draws detailed, precise images of bones. Called a 'forest eccentric', a technical virtuoso and a romantic visionary, Jensen conjures art from nature; and his meticulously rendered, often monumental graphite drawings compel the viewer to look beyond the ordinary to a deeper, more spiritual realm.
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The film is not just a profile of an artist at a capstone of a career--it is that, but it is more. It's a quiet place to invite reflection. a larger invitation to curl up and start a letter. Or a drawing."
-Ian McCluskey, Director, NW Documentary, Portland, OR
"Poustinia" is one of the best documentaries about an artist I've seen in a long while. The art and career of Gendron Jensen, a true American original, are explored in a touching and radiant manner, illuminating his deep connections with a natural world that is rapidly vanishing before our eyes but fortuitously preserved in his extraordinary drawings and prints." -Ann Landi, contributing editor, ARTnews
"I love it. It is so true to Gendron's wild spirit." - Coleman Barks, poet & noted interpreter of Rumi
"POUSTINIA is a beautifully made look at an utterly unique life, lived amongst the Minnesota wilderness. The Coen Bros would be proud -- and so am I!" - Shelly Goldstein, writer
"Words feel inadequate to share the feelings that this film fed me. It was like a prayer and a visit from a larger life force through this man, his art and his loves." - Stephanie Mosher, producer
Poustinia is really a remarkable portrait. I particularly enjoyed the printmaking sequence using that giant stone tablet! Very nice work. - Richard Hudson
This is a masterly film about an amazing artist. You have portrayed Gendron Jensen's spirit and life's work with great artistry and depth. All art students (and students!) should watch this. It gives me a deep appreciation for the process and inspiration that moves an artistic soul. -Larkin McPhee, producer/director/writer DYING TO BE THIN, NOVA, DEPRESSION: OUT OF THE SHADOWS