Artist and social activist Rockwell Kent produced haunting landscapes inspired by his adventures in Alaska, Tierra del Fuego, and Greenland. For more than ten years, producer/writer Frederick Lewis, associate professor in the School of Media Arts and Studies at Ohio University, retraced the nomadic artist’s many travels, shooting footage in Greenland, Newfoundland, Alaska, Ireland, and Russia to produce this film, which documents how Kent’s travel experiences inspired his artistic work. A discussion with Frederick will immediately follow the film screening.
Frederick Lewis is an associate professor in the School of Media Arts and Studies at Ohio University. Prior to transitioning to higher education, Professor Lewis was, for 14 years, a producer, writer, director and program/production manager based in New England. During that span he worked in commercial, cable and public television, producing everything from documentaries and public affairs programs to corporate video, commercials and Division I college basketball.
His independent documentaries have been seen on PBS stations throughout the U.S. and screened at more than 50 venues, including the National Gallery of Art, the Lake Placid Film Forum and The Explorers Club in NYC. These projects have taken him to Russia, Greenland, Argentina, Chile (sailing to Cape Horn), Denmark, Ireland, Newfoundland and Alaska. He is an internationally known authority on the life of controversial artist, adventurer and social activist Rockwell Kent (1882-1971).