Match me if you can...

Submitted by Jeeraik009 on Wed, 11/16/2011 - 16:51

A new documentary film Amos Ferguson: Match me if you can, featuring the life and work of Bahamian self-taught artist Amos Ferguson, previews at the 8th Annual Bahamas International Film Festival next month in Nassau. It's the third film by the director/producer duo Karen Arthur and Thomas Neuwirth that explores local art; the first two being  Artists of the Bahamas (2010) and Brent Malone: Father of Bahamian Art (2011) which both received accolades. This I hour video uses historical footage of the artist in interviews and at work in his studio with supporting testimonials from a host of Bahamian art-world celebrities, to flesh the artist's incredible oeuvre. The footage is fresh, informative and evocative, giving the viewer a very real sense of life in pre- and post-independence Bahamas and this artist's struggle to overcome adversity through his art. Most compelling are the paintings themselves that steal the show and beg the question as to why more documentary films of this nature are not being made throughout the region to capture the images and insights of pioneer painters like Amos. Sneak a peak preview below.