In honor of World Puppetry Day, Mayo Street Arts presents a weekend of puppetry featuring artist Ashley Bryan.
Friday, March 23 at 4:45pm
A shortened 30 min version of the film for kids will be presented following MSA’s Club Hip Hop program.
Saturday, March 24 at 7:30pm
Full film screening with introduction by Filmmaker Richard Kane and artist Rich Entel
I Know a Man … Ashley Bryan (2016, 73 min.)
Filmed by Richard Kane and Robert Shetterly
This documentary explores the life of the 93-year-old creative wonder who skips and jumps in his heart like a child. Ashley served in a World War II all-Black battalion and experienced the racism of a separatist Army and the carnage of D-Day. As a result he has dedicated his life to creating beauty and joy, spreading love and awe through his art. A poet and illustrator of over 50 children’s books, he makes magical puppets and sea glass windows from found objects inspired by his African heritage. Ashley lives on the remote Cranberry Islands here in Maine and has been using art his entire life to celebrate joy, mediate the darkness of war and racism, explore the mysteries of faith, and create loving community. His life story and the art he makes from this wellspring of experience is an inspiration to people of all ages.
Praise for the film:
BOOKLIST — “exceptional … handsomely photographed … What emerges is a vibrant, inspiring, personal portrait of an artist who possesses the desire to help people find the inner child within themselves… Highly recommended.”
MAINE TODAY — “elegantly constructed film … so intriguing and palpably warm that it’s inevitable that a viewer will want to know more…. It’s a film that … is a vibrant, joyous, utterly engaging piece that carries hints of the full, often painful life Bryan has lived…. The film takes the mysterious gifts that the singular Bryan has left and makes something evocative, witty, and thoroughly engaging.” Dennis Perkins