The NUAMPS documentary Art Seymour | Solo Performance recently received significant recognition at the 2006 Idaho Panhandle International Film Festival (IPIFF) when it won the Soaring Eagle Award for Best Documentary as well as awards for best cinematography and best editing, taking home more awards than any other film.
Art Seymour | Solo Performance tells the story of the chevron bead through its premiere master craftsman, Art Seymour, with a detailed look at his process as well as his philosophies on the culture of this prized bead. From ancient chevrons and the coast of Africa to “heavy metal” jazz beads in the Reno desert, this 26-minute piece takes a very personal look at Art Seymour and – in his words – his “physical manifestation of the abstract concepts heat and light.”
“Many audience members were absolutely transfixed in a world they have never known about before, let alone experienced,” said Trevor Greenfield, festival director.
Art Seymour was a unique festival entry in that it was born as a joint academic project between NUAMPS, Kearsley Stewart, Senior Lecturer of WCAS Anthropology, and David Schoenbrun, Associate Professor of WCAS History. Harlan Wallach, Architect for Media Technologies with AT, directed the piece. Jeremy Brunjes and Stefani Foster were the cinematographers, and Mr. Brunjes also edited the film.
For more information on Art Seymour | Solo Performance, view some images of Art at work.