“The Woodmans” Documentary Premieres at Gene Siskel Film Center Tonight

February 11, 2011 · Print This Article

Please take note: “The Woodmans,” the much-buzzed about documentary film by C. Scott Willis, has its Chicago premiere tonight at 6:15pm at the Gene Siskel Film Center and will be screened there daily through February 17th. We’ll have a review of the film up on the blog early next week. Francesca Woodman was a very promising artist who used her body, and those of other female models, frequently in her psychologically-charged black and white photographs. Woodman committed suicide in 1981, when she was still in her early twenties. What looks particularly fascinating about this documentary’s approach to its subject is its focus on the artist’s entire family unit, and hence the dynamic between the artist and her family, as a means of portraying the artist herself.  Click on over to the film’s website for more background on the film; here’s the trailer, which really makes me want to run out and see it NOW:

Photo by Francesca Woodman. Untitled 1977-78 (Rome). Lorber Films / Betty and George Woodman.

Portrait of Francesca Woodman and her father George Woodman, taken by Francesca Woodman. Untitled 1980 (New York). Lorber Films / Betty and George Woodman.