What Remains: The Life and Work of Sally Mann
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As one of the world's preeminent photographers, Sally Mann creates artwork that challenges viewers' values and moral attitudes. Described by Time magazine as "America's greatest photographer," she first came to international prominence in 1992 with Immediate Family, a series of complex and enigmatic pictures of her three children. What Remains--Mann's recent series on the myriad aspects of death and decay--is the subject of this eponymously titled documentary.
Filmed at her Virginia farm, Mann is surrounded by her husband and now-grown children, and her willingness to reveal her artistic process allows the viewer to gain exclusive entrance to her world. Never one to compromise, she reflects on her own personal feelings about mortality as she continues to examine the boundaries of contemporary art. Spanning five years, What Remains contains unbridled access to the many stages of Mann's work, and is a rare glimpse of an eloquent and brilliant artist.
- New anamorphic master, enhanced for widescreen televisions
- Director Steven Cantor's 1994 Oscar-nominated documentary short Blood Ties, shot during the creation of Sally Mann's Immediate Family series
- Photos from Mann's Deep South, Immediate Family and What Remains series
- Eight deleted scenes
- Mann's lecture excerpts from a 2003 Copenhagen Photojournalism Conference
- Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired
"One of the most exquisitely intimate portraits not only of an artist's process, but also of a marriage and a life." --The New York Times
"The ordinary images Cantor's camera captures are transmuted into something extraordinary by Mann's." --Los Angeles Times
"A moving, sensitive portrait... Mann's strong family life and the gorgeous setting of her home in the American South are enviable, but we also witness the ruthlessness and moral enquiry needed to create lasting art." --NOW Magazine
- Eight deleted scenes
- Mann's lecture excerpts from a 2003 Photojournalism Conference
- "Blood Ties" --shot during the creation of Sally Mann's "Immediate Family" series
- Photos from Mann's "Deep South"
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This documentary discusses several aspects of her life, from childhood to the time the documentary was filmed. Sally talks at length about her father and other things from her childhood which affected her, especially her view of art. She also describes how and when she met her husband.
A brief discussion of her series "Immediate Family" is included but is only a small portion of the overall film, which does include some information on what her now grown children are doing. (When "Blood Ties" was made they were still young children.) Sally discusses the morphing of her work from children to landscapes, which resulted in her "Deep South" series.
She goes on from there to explain how the death of an escaped convict on her property and other deaths got her started on a new project about decay. That is project for which this film is named. This film spends more time on her "What Remains" series than on her other works. Video of her walking through the Forensic Study Facility for the University of Tennessee and examining and photographing the bodies decomposing there is included in the film.
This is an amazing look into the life and work of Sally Mann. It does contain some nudity, both of her children and of her husband. This nudity in mainly in the display of the photographs she has taken of her husband and children.
"Blood Ties: The Life and Work of Sally Mann" is included with the extras on this DVD (and is also available on a separate DVD from Amazon.com). The extras on this DVD also include eight deleted scenes, excerpts from a photojournalism conference at which Sally spoke, and a few photos from her "Deep South" series, her "Immediate Family" series, and from her "What Remains" series.
and the PLACE she and her husband harmoniously have called "Home" for their entire lives . . .
constantly changing . . .
constantly inspired by the infinite universe of Life which immediately surrounds them.