AIFF on the Small Screen: The 100 Years Show

The 100 Years Show

The 100 Years Show

The 100 Years Show
AIFF2016 Best Short Documentary 
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Short Documentary
30 minutes
Director: Alison Klayman
Year: AIFF2016
Country: USA

Cuban-born painter Carmen Herrera is approaching her 100th birthday, but that doesn’t stop her from continuing to work in her modern style of geometric forms and bright colors. A pioneering abstract painter in the 40s and 50s, she only recently found the recognition that eluded her for most of her career.

Director’s Statement: Alison Klayman

For anyone with an artistic career or who is undertaking long-term pursuits that may or may not “pay off” in the conventional sense, the question persists: what makes you keep going? And how do you do it without external validation? Carmen’s life is an example of pursuing passion and art for its own sake, because you simply feel compelled. Coming off of my first documentary feature film, the question of how to make art a lifelong dedication was constantly on my mind. I feel lucky to have spent that critical period of reflection with Carmen.

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