Art+Practice, a cinema site and film development company, announces the release of “Human Paintbrush,” episode 10 and the closing installment of the first season of a web series available free online.
“Human Paintbrush” shares the worldview and artwork of Don Matis, a Hudson-based painter inspired by spiritual faith and talent to create original and striking canvases using his own body as an instrument of composition. Matis’ life and work challenge our preconceptions about where lines are drawn, not only between artist and art, but also between suffering and healing, isolation and sharing.
Intensely contemporary and enticing for viewers to relate to, his personality and creative practice also recall something ancient and sacred in their humility, humanity and openness. In a Web series devoted to the imaginative lives of its subjects, “Human Paintbrush” is a powerful season finale, featuring a subject who already knew what Art+Practice preaches: ordinary individuals are in themselves special and creative souls, with beauty and wisdom to share. This episode is greatly benefited by the accompanying musical soundtrack of Maurice Duruflé’s “Ubi Caritas,” performed by 19 Oberlin students under the direction of Lydia Lane Stout.
Special Event: “Human Paintbrush” will have its world premiere May 18, at 7 p.m. at Summit Art Space, at 140 East Market St. in downtown Akron. The event is sponsored by Akron Film+Pixel. Matis’ work will be on display, and he and filmmakers Mika Johnson and Jeffrey Pence will be present. Also to be shown are previous episodes of “The Amerikans.”
“Human Paintbrush” is the third co-production between Art+Practice and the Akron Digital Media Center. It also features the work of assistant director Monica Baird. Jim Budzilek, of Visual Products, Inc,, the largest reseller of motion picture equipment in the world, is graciously thanked for lending invaluable material to this production.
The Amerikans is a Web series featuring three- to five-minute portraits of people from Northeast Ohio. The short episodes go behind the ordinary exterior of the subjects’ lives to explore the myths that real Americans live by. Using a variety of film techniques and styles, The Amerikans are a new kind of relationship-based filmmaking, in which the subjects collaborate with the makers in representing their internal worlds.
“Human Paintbrush” features principal photography by Micha Hilliard and Mika Johnson; sound design by Eli Stine, a Technology in Music and Related Arts majors at Oberlin Conservatory of music; choral arrangement and conducting by Lydia Lane Stout; and titles by Kaori Mitshushima.
Produced by Art+Practice and the Akron Digital Media Center, “Human Paintbrush” was made possible through the support of Steve Felix (Akron Film), Oberlin College, Daniel Schloss, Chris Miller, Wycoff, John Baumgartner, Visual Products, Inc., and Summit Artspace.
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