Meet the Filmmaker: Sumner Jules Glimcher
"Alberto Giacometti" & “Confucius”
Date: Thursday, April 24, 2014
Location: NY NATAS, 1375 Broadway (between 37th and 38th Streets), Suite 2103
Reception: 6:00-6:30 PM ~ Program: 6:30-8:00 PM
*Free to NY NATAS Members!
$15 for those without current NY NATAS membership.
Produced & Moderated by Sumner Jules Glimcher.
On this occasion, we plan to show two short films: Alberto Giacometti, and Confucius.
Alberto Giacometti was an Italian born sculptor who spent his creative life living and working in Paris. His two principal models were Annette, his wife, and Diego, his brother. He began his career as an artist drawing sketches in black and white. After a while he segued into sculpture and, at first, his figures were very small. Soon he found that they only had meaning for him when they became tall and slender. In this film, which was recorded at the Museum of Modern Art at his last retrospective, we show all his work. After having recorded the images the problem was to determine the script. The Producer found all his writings in French, translated them into English, put them into chronological order, and then illustrated the resulting narrative, in the first person voice of the artist, with appropriate images. An original score completed the film, which became so highly regarded that it was enlarged from 16mm to 35mm, and shown at the Edinburgh Film Festival.
CONFUCIUS was born in the Province of Lu in China in 551 BC. In an amazing confluence of events, Aristotle, Gautama Buddha and Socrates, were all born within a hundred years of one another! Although all became world-class philosophers, since Confucius lived in the most populous nation on earth, his philosophy influenced more individuals than any other throughout history. This film portrays the ceremony, which originated during the Ming Dynasty, that celebrates his birthday on September 28. We interview several Confucian scholars, his literal 88th descendent, and tell the story of his life and his beliefs.
Sumner Jules Glimcher began his career at NBC, then worked for Radio Free Europe in Munich, pioneered in creating the first independent international broadcast news service, the precursor of CNN, worked for WOR & RKO General, taught at Harvard, Columbia and most recently as the Director of the Film Department @ NYU’s School of Continuing Education, and had made scores of documentaries which have been awarded more than three dozen major national and international awards. He has lectured on eleven luxury cruise liners, and has been a consultant to the President of Harvard, to the United Nations, and for more than twenty years to the Consulate General of Japan.
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