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‘The Barefoot Artist’ Will Vie for Documentary Oscar (Trailer)

'The Barefoot Artist' Will Vie for Documentary Oscar (Trailer)

Art docs like last year’s “Cutie and the Boxer” are a favorite among Academy voters. This year, voters will have “The Barefoot Artist,” which has played only a few small festivals, to consider among an emerging slate of strong possibilities including Oscar bait music doc “Keep On Keepin’ On.”

Paladin will release “Barefoot Artist” on December 5 at NY’s IFC Film Center and in LA on December 18 ahead of a national expansion. Here’s the synopsis and trailer:

A visually stunning and deeply emotional film, THE BAREFOOT ARTIST chronicles the long and colorful life of Yeh, a Philadelphia-based artist who has committed herself to creating community-based art projects in some of the world’s most troubled areas.  Beginning with an unprecedented sculpture garden in the projects of North Philly that, eighteen years later, became known as “The Village of Arts and Humanities,” the film also shows Yeh in action in various far-flung locations such as Kenya and Rwanda, where she teaches survivors of war and calamity to make murals and build sculptures drawn from their own experience.  Working with Yeh on these projects, they are able to regain hope, a sense of purpose, and a belief that life can be about creation as well as destruction.
And here’s what the filmmakers had to say: “The Paladin team have an exceptional track record working with documentaries, and they responded passionately to our film and to Lily’s story.  We are thrilled to be partnered with them on the film’s release, and know they will match our commitment to the project.”

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