We love local filmmakers! The Local Premieres Series premiere local films at The Cary. Featured selections will be filmed in North Carolina or directed or produced by an NC filmmaker. There’s a wealth of local film talent in our area and we’re happy to bring it to you! Each film will feature a Q & A session with the cast and director / producer afterward.
Double Take: The Art of Elizabeth King engages the viewer in the work of sculptor and stop-action filmmaker Elizabeth King, who embarks on each new project by posing a single question to herself: “Can this be physically done?” Tracing King’s creative flow, curiosity and obsessive drive to solve the inevitable series of artistic and technical problems that arise in creating her disconcerting sculptures and animations, this documentary film explores King’s passion about the mind/body riddle, the science of emotion, the human/machine interface, and those things a robot will never be able to do. From studio to exhibition, and in conversations with fellow artists, curators and critics, the film asks what looking at and seeing one another means in an increasingly mediated world. Welcome Director Olympia Stone, her camera woman Simone Keith, and her subject – artist Elizabeth King – as they discuss the film and Elizabeth’s work.
Olympia Stone is an independent producer of documentary films about art and artists. Her production company, Floating Stone Productions, is based in Chapel Hill, NC. Her films probe the motivations and personal histories of eclectic artists as a way of providing insight into their work.
Olympia is currently working on a documentary about the photorealist painter Richard Estes. She recently completed the feature length documentary, Double Take: The Art of Elizabeth King. Her short film, The Original Richard McMahan, premiered at the Tally Shorts Film Festival in January 2017 and won the Florida Favorite Award.
In April 2015, her documentary Curious Worlds: The Art & Imagination of David Beck, premiered at the prestigious Full Frame Documentary Film Festival in Durham, NC and has been shown nationally and internationally. Curious Worlds aired on PBS in the fall of 2016.
Olympia’s previous film, about the artist James Grashow, The Cardboard Bernini (2012), was broadcast nationwide on PBS. It won Best Documentary at the Art of Brooklyn Film Festival 2013, and was an official selection at Sebastopol, Santa Fe and 18 other festivals.
Her first independent film, The Collector: Allan Stone’s Life in Art (2007) chronicles the obsessive collecting of her father, a New York art world gallerist whose habits and prescient scouting shaped his life and the lives of many in his artfully cluttered orbit.