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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
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
- 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
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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.
What I did find disturbing was that I felt she used her children as human props. I don't even recall her ever using her youngest child's name. He was always referred to as, "the baby." Put "the baby," here or move "the baby," there. Two scenes in particular bothered me. The first was when she placed the child in the grass directly facing the sun and left him like that until she was satisfied that she had gotten her shot. The second was when she was reviewing photos with her mother as "the baby" was behind her without so much as a glance. I'm seemed as though the only time this child was cuddled or nurtured was in the arms of his grandmother or older sister.
I would be interested to see a follow up.with her now older children. Curious as to their own personal
thoughts and perspectives regarding their experience.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I understand she was trying to push boundaries and express herself but I found it largely distasteful and sad.Published 1 month ago by KADYLady
A photographer's must see! Inspiring and moving all in one.Published 3 months ago by christina slivar
Terrible. She exploits her children and mother. I felt terrible for her son when he said he was embarrassed by the (naked) photos of him she published. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Enos Fudrucker
I feel like there is nothing special about the pictures on this documentary (aside from the adult naked pics, which are sick). Read morePublished 10 months ago by Dk
Excellent and insightful documentary that provides an intimate view into the life and photography of Tierney Gearon. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Mark B. Kinsman
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