Art and Nature: The Ephemeral and the Eternal | 8th Annual Documentary Series

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8th Annual Documentary Series

Art and Nature: The Ephemeral and the Eternal

Sundays, 2 PM, Kerr McGee Auditorium in the Meinders School of Business
NW 27th Street and McKinley Ave, Oklahoma City, OK 73106
A discussion session follows each film for those who wish to stay
Free Admission, Donations Appreciated
Director: Dr. Harbour Winn,
For More Information, Call (405) 208-5472


March 26, 2006, Kerr McGee Auditorium, 2 PM

Thomas Riedelsheimer’s Rivers and Tides: Andy Goldsworthy Working With Time, Germany (2003), 90 min

With over ten four-star reviews from the nation’s top film critics, Rivers and Tides follows renowned Scottish sculptor Goldsworthy as he creates with ice, driftwood, bracken, leaves, stone, dirt, and snow at open fields, beaches, rivers, creeks and forests. This sensual and poetic film captures him in the midst of constructing his trademark ephemera from long-winding rock walls and icicle sculptures to interlocking leaf chains and multicolored pools of flowers. The transitory nature of his work represents a central element of his creative effort to understand the energy that flows through him and through the natural landscape he nourishes in his vision. Only the finest documentaries about an artist become a work of art themselves.

April 9, 2006, Kerr McGee Auditorium, 2 PM

Albert and David Maysles’s Christo: “Running Fence” and “Umbrellas”, USA (1977), 139 min

Long before the Gates Project for New York’s Central Park, the vision of environmental- conceptual artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude fascinated the world. From 1974 to 1995, legendary directors Albert and David Maysles captured the awe-inspiring beauty, drama, and sheer determination involved for all in bringing to film their inspiring projects. Two of their award-winning films on Christo’s projects stand as permanent documents of the process, the political drama, the emotional investment and the transforming effect the finished works have had on all those who come in contact with them. Running Fence dramatizes the effort to build a 24 mile-long, 18 foot-high fence of white fabric across the hills of northern California. The artists’ struggle with local ranchers, environmentalists and state bureaucrats ends when the unfurled fence reunites the community in a celebration of beauty. Umbrellas brings together East and West through the medium of art: 1,340 blue umbrellas open in a rice-farming valley in Japan while an ocean away 1,760 yellow umbrellas open across a cluster of cattle ranches in the rolling hills of southern California.

April 23, 2006, Kerr McGee Auditorium, 2 PM

Werner Herzog’s Wheel of Time, Germany (2003), 81 min

Legendary German filmmaker Herzog (Grizzly Man and Aguirre: The Wrath of God) photographs the largest Buddhist ritual in India. He captures the lengthy pilgrimage, the creation of the beautiful and intricate sand Mandela or wheel of time, monks and laypersons engaged in deep meditation and chanting, secret rituals never before seen on film, and even a fascinatingly humorous interview with the Dali Lama. Virtually impossible to capture on film, the spiritual realm nevertheless emerges in Herzog’s lyrical and mystical visual poem. He delivers a personal and introspective look at what Buddhism means to its most ardent followers, as well as offers outsiders an intimate look into a fascinating way of life.


Admission to the film series is free, but donations help sustain the Institute’s mission. Donations can be made at each film or mailed to the OCU Film Institute Endowment at Oklahoma City University or the OCU Film Institute’s Designated Endowment in the Community Foundation of the Kirkpatrick Family Fund. Oklahoma City University and the Thatcher Hoffman Smith Endowment Fund for the university’s Center for Interpersonal Studies through Film and Literature also support the Institute.