The Woodmans

Directed by C. Scott Willis

Synopsis

A fascinating, unflinching portrait of the late photographer Francesca Woodman, told through the young artist's work (including experimental videos and journal entries) and remarkably candid interviews with her artist parents Betty and George (a ceramic sculptor and painter/photographer), who have continued their own artistic practices while watching Francesca's professional reputation eclipse their own.

Film Info

Release Year: 2010
Running Time: 83
Color Type: Color
Country: U.S.
Language: English

The tragic story of Francesca Woodman, a young photographer renowned for her extraordinary nude self-portraits, is also the story of her brilliantly artistic family. With THE WOODMANS, director C. Scott Willis shows how the struggle for fame in the high-stakes world of art resulted in tragedy, and then in healing and redemption. As a family, the Woodmans are noted for their talent. Betty Woodman, in particular, is an internationally renowned ceramicist whose work has been shown at The Metropolitan Musem of Art. But it is the fate of Francesca, the youngest Woodman, that will haunt them over the years. By piecing together Francesca's photos, never-before-seen experimental videos and personal journals, and through candid conversations with George and Betty Woodman, Charlie Woodman and a host of friends, Willis depicts four lives committed to art. And whose art lives through them. It is an extraordinary debut film that explores what it truly means to create.

Cast

    Betty Woodman (herself)
    Charles Woodman (himself)
    Francesca Woodman (herself)
    George Woodman (himself)

Crew

  • Directed by C. Scott Willis

Festivals / Awards

WINNER: 2012 Emmy Award for OUTSTANDING ARTS & CULTURE PROGRAMMING

WINNER: Best New York Documentary, Tribeca 2010

OFFICIAL SELECTION: Rome International 2010

OFFICIAL SELECTION: Silverdocs 2010

OFFICIAL SELECTION: Vancouver 2010

Reviews

"Delicately constructed, marvelous to look at and poignantly elegiac." - John Anderson, Variety

"Compelling... asks profound questions." - Stephen Holden, The New York Times

"A must see!" - Melissa Anderson, The Village Voice

"Captivating! Francesca Woodman's pictures will be a revelation." - GQ

"Inspiring... an original and extraordinary work." - Indewire

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Photos

  • Director C. Scott Willis
    • Portrait of Francesca Woodman and her father George Woodman, taken by Francesca Woodman. Untitled 1980 (New York)
      • Francesca Woodman in a self portrait. Untitled 1977-78 (Rome)
        • Photo by Francesca Woodman. Untitled 1977-78 (Rome)
          • George, Betty and Charlie Woodman at the Woodman studio in Antella, Italy.