Films about Outsider Art and Artists

November 20, 2008 at 4:17 pm Leave a comment

I was just asked films about Outsider Art, and started to compile a list (with the help of good friend “Narrow” Larry Harris).  Ovation TV is planning to dedicate a week of programming to such artists and site in February 2009.  Be sure to check you cable listings!

Here are a few that we came up with…if you can think of more – please post them!


A Man named Pearl —Pearl Fryar
I Build the Tower – Watts Towers
In the Realms of the Unreal – Henry Darger
Salvation Mountain, A portrait of an artist (Leonard Knight)
Image of the Tiger – Thornton Dial
Nek Chand (1985)

Howard Finster: Man of Visions (1988)

The Pasaquoyan: The Life and Works of Visionary Eddie Owen Martin, 1993, Eyeball Productions

Great films by Folkstreams
– Possum Trot: The Life and Work of Calvin Black, 1903-1972
– Spirits in the Wood: The Chainsaw Art of Skip Armstrong
– Sonny Ford, Delta Artist
– The Monument of Chief Rolling Mountain Thunder
– Made in Mississippi: Black Folk Art and Crafts
– The Angel That Stands By Me: Minnie Evans’ Paintings
– Grandma’s Bottle Village, Art of Tressa Prisbrey’s

The Kohler Foundation has a series of shorts:
– Dr. Charles Smith (8:37)
– Loy Bowlin: The Rhinestone Cowboy (15:28)
– Mary Nohl: A Life’s Work (13:14)
– Albert Zahn: I’ll Fly Away (5:50)

TV series:
Rare Visions and Roadside Revelations

– British series – Into the Outside (?)
– Canadian series – Shrines and Handmade Holy Places 

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Entry filed under: "Dr. Charles Smith", chief rolling mountain thunder, henry darger, howard finster, isaiah zagar, james castle, leonard knight, nek chand, Pasaquan, pearl fryar, St. EOM, thornton dial, Watt's Towers.

"James Castle: Portrait of an Artist" show in Philly Films about Outsider Art and Artists

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