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Q&A Attendees *subject to change: Kristian Berg
SYNOPSIS: Poustinia is a documentary short about the life and work of Gendron Jensen, a man passionately devoted to his artistic calling- drawing detailed, precise, wondrous images of bones. Though bones commonly represent sterility and death, Gendron sees them as 'emissaries - portals unto exaltation, bespeaking all of creation'. The onetime recluse spent 5 years at a Benedictine monastery in Wisconsin and 17 as a semi-hermit on his family's rented farm south of Grand Rapids, Minnesota. In 1987 he forsook the north woods of Minnesota for the mountains of New Mexico and a new life with artist Christine Taylor Patten. For more than 40 years the 73-year-old artist has obsessively, lovingly transformed found relics into wakeful images of uncommon beauty. His meticulously rendered, often monumental, graphite drawings invite the viewer to see anew -to journey beyond ordinary context to a deeper, more spiritual realm.
Kristian Berg's first professional experience was on the crew of Foreclosure'(1982), a short narrative film made in west-central Minnesota as a statement about the farm crisis. At Twin Cities Public Television he wrote, produced and directed the documentaries The Dakota Conflict (1993) and Dakota Exile(1995) on the story of the 1862 U.S.-Dakota War and the ensuing diaspora of the Dakota people. Both documentaries were accepted by PBS for national broadcast. For Court TV he produced hour-length stories on the civil rights trials of the Scottsboro Boys and the capture and trial of Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann. He has also worked as a writer, producer and director on such PBS series as Newton's Apple, ZOOM, NOVA: ScienceNOWand History Detectives. Kristian grew up in the northern Minnesota town of Grand Rapids and has known artist Gendron Jensen since he was ten years old.
Cast/Featuring: Gendron Jensen, Christine Taylor Patten, Bill Lagattuta, Kellie Hames, Ann Landi
Executive Producer(s): Kristian Berg
Producer(s): Kristian Berg
Director(s): Kristian Berg
Cinematographer(s): Benjamin M. Webb
Editor(s): Gregory Feinberg
Composer(s)/Music: Steve Kaul, Anthony Miltich, Sam Miltich
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