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SFA to show 'Rivers and Tides' film

August 27, 2008 - Sylvia Bierschenk

NACOGDOCHES, TEXAS - "Rivers and Tides," an award-winning documentary about the work of landscape sculptor Andy Goldsworthy, will be shown at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5, at The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House. Admission is free.

British artist Goldsworthy is renowned throughout the world for his ephemeral, or transient, work in ice, stone, leaves and wood, many of which he captures in photographs before they melt or otherwise become subject to the forces of nature.

In "Rivers and Tides: Andy Goldsworthy Working with Time," director Thomas Riedelsheimer captures the essential unpredictability of Goldsworthy's work, explained Ward Campbell of Skyline Production. The film "touches the heart of what Goldsworthy does and who he is, in much the same way that Goldsworthy touches the heart of a place when he works in it and leaves his mark on it."

The 90-minute film, shot in four countries and across four seasons, was premiered in 2003 and won the Grand Prix at the Montreal Festival of Films on Art and the Graz Film Festival. It received the Golden Gate Award Grand Prize at the San Francisco International Film Festival and was named "Best Documentary" by the San Francisco Critics Guild and the German Critics Guild.

The screening is part of a monthly film series offered by the SFA College of Fine Arts, School of Art and SFA Friends of the Visual Arts, explained Christian Cutler, director of SFA galleries. "This is the fourth art-related documentary or independent film we have shown thus far, and we appreciate Point A Media's sponsorship of this particular film."

The Cole Art Center is located at 329 E. Main St. in downtown Nacogdoches. For more information, please call (936) 468-1131.