Last year, the wonderful Fifty People One Question project, a finalist in the first annual Vimeo Awards for creativity and innovation in online video, was among our most loved articles all year, and for good reason — a beautifully simple premise, even more beautifully executed, peeling away at the most authentic of human sentiments about life. Now, a new microdocumentary by filmmakers Christian Svanes Kolding and Ewan Adams takes a similar approach to a much more niche topic: Art. The descriptively titled How Do You Feel (About Art)? asks New Yorkers for a three-word answer to the seemingly simple question, only to reveal the rich complexity of art’s impact on the human psyche.
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For arts advocates in D.C., see this exciting opportunity! Film Forward is an exciting showcase event taking place on the evening of Thursday, May 12th, 2011. The President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (PCAH), in partnership with the Sundance Institute and the Smithsonian Institution, will be showing simultaneously five US and five international award winning films at ten different venues around the National Mall. The showcases focuses on the role of cultural diplomacy through the work of filmmakers from all four corners of the globe, connecting films and filmmakers to their audiences through a broad range of contemporary subjects. Those attending the films will have the opportunity to participate in a "Q and A" session with the filmmakers, such as Stanley Nelson (Freedom Riders), Lixin Fan (Last Train Home) and Debra Granik (Winter’s Bone), as well as members of the PCAH such as Forest Whitaker, Kerry Washington, and Alfre Woodard. For more information, please visit www.residentassociates.org/filmforward about the showcase. Some of the films are free - you just have to reserve tickets in advance!