The following events are at The Zumbrota State Theatre.
Sun01Oct20231:30 PMZumbrota State Theatre
“The Power of Stone” A New Documentary About Island Artist Lew French Leaves No Stone Unturned
From the filmmaking duo who created Visions of Home (featuring Heather Neill) and A Painter Who Farms (featuring Allen Whiting), comes The Power of Stone, a documentary film featuring island artist Lew French premiering at the Martha’s Vineyard Film Society’s 9th annual Documentary Week Festival.
About the film: The Power of Stone offers a glimpse into the life of the renowned stone artist, Lew French, during the time he was working to create the Rose Styron Garden for the Martha’s Vineyard Museum. At first, Lew French appears as unyielding as the granite he works with, but beneath this artist’s rigid exterior is a deeply spiritual soul. Though he wakes up at 4 am to meditate every day, Lew struggles to quiet his mind. In stone, Lew finds that which he longs for: stillness. As one friend put it, “Don’t be tricked by the idea that he’s a stone mason. He’s sort of a philosopher, artist, spiritual guide who’s working with stone.”
This behind-the-scenes look at Lew’s process of creating his first public work— the Rose
Styron Garden—takes viewers from a granite quarry in New Hampshire where Lew shares
insights into his stone selection to Brazil, where Lew has spent 20 years creating the most
singular expression of himself in the remote mountains of the Atlantic Rainforest.
About the Directors: Barbarella Fokos is a writer with multiple Excellence in Journalism
Awards. David Fokos is an internationally renowned photographic artist. Together, this creative
couple founded Salt & Sugar Productions and, as filmmakers, have been exploring what it is
that compels artists to create. Their television show, Art Pulse TV, earned them an Emmy
Award for Excellence in Arts and Entertainment Programming. In a bid to dive even deeper
than the magazine format allowed, Barbarella and David have been creating documentary films
about artists whose work captured their attention. Barbarella and David split their time between San Diego and Chilmark. More at: ThePowerofStoneFilm.com