The documentary film series, including The Last Mountain and No Impact Man, presented at the National Museum of Women in the Arts during the solo exhibition of paintings by Susan Swartz June 17 to October 3, 2011 .
Linking Environment, Healing and Creativity
For Susan Swartz, there has always been a clear connection between painting and film. A longtime supporter of documentary films that shed light on environmental and social injustice, Swartz views film as "another powerful medium for expressing the same ideas and emotions I convey on canvas."
So, it was only natural that Swartz conceived a documentary film and speaker series titled "Linking Environment, Healing & Creativity" which ran in conjunction with her solo exhibition at the National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) in Washington, D.C. Taking cues from Swartz's own experiences and advocacy, the film series brought together powerful stories of natural healing, manmade toxins, manmade environmental hazards, and individual responsibility. Running during the summer and fall of 2011, each screening included in-person discussions featuring people central to the film:
The Science of Healing
With a personal story of illness and recovery at its center, The Science of Healing with Dr. Esther Sternberg, directors Matt and Renard Cohen offer a fascinating exploration of how the brain helps us heal emotionally and physically. Discussion and Q&A with Dr. Esther Sternberg.
A Healthy Baby Girl
In the award-winning A Healthy Baby Girl, filmmaker Judith Helfand documents her battle with cancer-the direct result of her mother's use of the anti-miscarriage drug DES. Discussion and Q&A with Judith Helfand and Susan Bell.
The Last Mountain
The Last Mountain introduces the citizens of West Virginia's Coal River Valley and their ongoing battle with Big Coal corporations. Directed by Bill Haney and narrated by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., the film documents the fight to stop the environmental destruction caused by mountain top removal-the practice of dynamiting the top of a mountain to mine the coal beneath. Discussion and Q&A with Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., president of Waterkeeper Alliance.
No Impact Man
In the funny, thoughtful and provocative documentary, No Impact Man, filmmakers Laura Gabbert and Justin Schein follow Manhattan resident Colin Beavan during his yearlong effort to eliminate his impact on the environment-and how it affected his wife and two-year old daughter as well. Discussion and Q&A with film producer Eden Wurmfield, director Justin Schein and diplomat Diana Lady Dougan.
See the catalog from Swartz's NMWA exhibition, Seasons of the Soul.