It screened just 2 days ago here in NYC at the Maysles Cinema, but I missed it; couldn’t make it.
However, it was announced earlier today that SnagFilms (parent company of indieWIRE) has acquired worldwide theatrical, TV and digital rights to All Me: The Life And Times Of Winfred Rembert – a film we profiled in mid-December.
Directed by Vivian Ducat, the documentary, as the title states, centers on the life and time of Winfred Rembert, a painter whose works depict the day-to-day existence of African Americans in the segregated south where Rembert himself spent a lot his life (he was born in 1945).
His indelible images of toiling in the cotton fields, singing in church, dancing in juke joints, or working on a chain gang are especially powerful, not just because he lived every moment, but because he experienced so much of the injustice and bigotry they show as recently as the 1960s and 70s. Now in his sixties, Rembert has developed a growing following among collectors and connoisseurs, and enjoyed a number of tributes and exhibitions of his work. In ALL ME: The Life and Times of Winfred Rembert, the artist relives his turbulent life, abundantly visualized by his extensive paintings and, in a series of intimate reminiscences, shows us how even the most painful memories can be transformed into something meaningful and beautiful. A glowing portrait of how an artist and his art is made, ALL ME is also a triumphant saga of race in contemporary America.
Rembert spent 7 years in prison, sentenced when he was 19. He was initially thrown in jail, arrested at a Civil Rights demonstration. He escaped jail, was almost lynched, eventually caught and sentenced to 27 years in prison, though he served just 7 of them.
SnagFilms plans to sneak preview the film on its website on January 16, commemorating Martin Luther King Jr Day, which will be followed by a February cable TV premiere and online VOD in celebration of Black History Month.
No trailer, but here are 3 clips: