With Michael Blackwood Productions (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)



1. Machete Maidens Unleashed! (2010)

Not Rated | 84 min | Documentary, History

7.4
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A fast moving odyssey into the subterranean world of the rarely explored province of Filipino genre filmmaking.

Director: Mark Hartley | Stars: Roger Corman, John Landis, Pete Tombs, Mark Holcomb

Votes: 1,465

2. Thelonious Monk: Straight, No Chaser (1988)

PG-13 | 90 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

7.7
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A documentary film about the life of pianist and jazz great Thelonious Sphere Monk. Features live performances by Monk and his band, and interviews with friends and family about the offbeat genius.

Director: Charlotte Zwerin | Stars: Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane, Jimmy Cleveland, Harry Colomby

Votes: 888 | Gross: $0.52M

3. Superstar: The Life and Times of Andy Warhol (1990)

87 min | Documentary, Biography

7.0
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A look at the life, work, and impact of Andy Warhol (1928-1987), pop icon and artist, from his childhood in Pittsburgh to his death after a botched surgery. Warhol coined the word "... See full summary »

Director: Chuck Workman | Stars: Joan Agajanian Quinn, Jean Michel Basquiat, Irving Blum, Stephen Bruce

Votes: 297

4. We Were German Jews (1981)

58 min | Documentary, Biography, History

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In 1943 Herbert and Lotte Strauss made the courageous decision to escape from Germany and almost certain extermination in a Nazi concentration camp. This is a personal account of their ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Blackwood | Stars: Herbert Strauss, Lotte Strauss

5. Philip Guston: A Life Lived (1982)

58 min | Documentary, Biography, History

9.2
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Philip Guston is a powerful staple of the abstract expressionist movement, though he would prefer it be referred to as the New York School. Along with composers, choreographers and his ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Blackwood | Stars: Clark Coolidge, Musa Guston, Philip Guston, Henry Hopkins

Votes: 5

6. Empire City (1985)

89 min | Documentary, Biography, History

3.8
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Guided by seasoned New Yorkers, political figures, and cultural connoisseurs, "Empire City" examines Manhattan and its surrounding boroughs in order to paint a portrait of the ever-evolving... See full summary »

Director: Michael Blackwood | Stars: Brooke Astor, Louis Auchincloss, Herman Badillo, John Davis

Votes: 5

7. Butoh: Body on the Edge of Crisis (1990)

89 min | Documentary

6.7
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Although Butoh is often viewed as Japan's equivalent of modern dance, in actuality it has little to do with the rational principles of modernism. Butoh is a theater of improvisation which ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Blackwood | Stars: Yoko Ashikawa, Akiko Motofuji, Nario Goda, Tatsumi Hijikata

Votes: 6

8. Ralph Erskine (1986)

58 min | Documentary, Biography, History

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Ralph Erskine approaches his work with care, delicacy and a love that radiates through his designs. Both passionate and thoughtful, Erskine's architecture shows a dedicated knowledge of the... See full summary »

Director: Mead Hunt | Star: Ralph Erskine

9. Roy Lichtenstein (1975)

53 min | Documentary, Biography, History

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In conversation with Roy Lichtenstein, critic Lawrence Alloway places Pop Art on a continuum of twentieth-century art that includes collage, Dada, and Purism in referring to signs and ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Blackwood | Stars: John Coplans, Roy Lichtenstein, Claes Oldenburg, Larry Rivers

10. The Artist's Studio: Donald Judd (2011)

33 min | Documentary, Short

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Of the generation following the Abstract Expressionists, Don Judd was one of the key figures among American artists who pioneered new directions in the 1960s. He was born in the Midwest in ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Blackwood | Star: Donald Judd

11. Pablo Picasso: The Legacy of a Genius (1981)

89 min | Documentary, Biography, History

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Flooded with astute analysis and discussion surrounding his motifs, movements, and methods, "Picasso: The Legacy of a Genius" walks us through the artist's timeline and the complex stages ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Blackwood | Stars: Jennifer Bartlett, Dominique Bozo, Pierre Buraglio, Anthony Caro

12. The New York School (1972)

55 min | Documentary, Biography, History

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The band of American artists known as the New York School toyed with tradition and rebelled against the Renaissance. In the early throes of Abstract Expressionism artists such as Jack ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Blackwood | Stars: Willem de Kooning, Morton Feldman, Adolph Gottlieb, Clement Greenberg

13. Francis Bacon and the Brutality of Fact (1987)

58 min | Documentary, Biography, History

7.8
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Pairing his collection of figurative paintings with an astute conversation surrounding mortality and humanity, "Francis Bacon and the Brutality of Fact" offers personal insight into the ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Blackwood | Stars: Francis Bacon, David Sylvester

Votes: 14

14. Spoleto USA: A Festival Discovers America (1977)

58 min | Documentary, History

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A visit to the Spoleto Festival the year it started a U.S. season in Charleston, SC.

Director: Michael Blackwood | Stars: Clive Barnes, Jean-Pierre Bonnefous, John Browning, Marvelee Cariaga

15. Working with Einstein (1979 TV Movie)

58 min | Documentary, Biography, History

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Filmed during the commemoration of Einstein's centennial at Princeton's Institute for Advanced Studies, with former colleagues who provide insight and recollection. The panel includes ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Blackwood | Stars: Valantine Bargmann, Peter Bergmann, Banesh Hoffmann, I.I. Rabi

16. American Art in the 1960s (1972)

57 min | Documentary, Biography, History

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Pop culture and modern media flooded the art world throughout the 1960's, giving artists new means and methods for a cultural revolution. Leading the scene of experimental and avant garde ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Blackwood | Stars: John Cage, Leo Castelli, Ron Davis, Dan Flavin

17. Christo and Jeanne-Claude (1995)

58 min | Documentary

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Christo and Jeanne-Claude met in Paris in 1958 and so began an extraordinary adventure in art, a series of spectacular public art works in many parts of the world that reached its climax in... See full summary »

Director: Michael Blackwood | Stars: Christo, Jeanne-Claude

18. Robert Motherwell: Summer of 1971 (1972)

45 min | Documentary, Biography, History

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Robert Motherwell is communicative with his art, approaching the canvas with an open mind prepared for discussion. As we join him in his Connecticut studio, Motherwell notes the intimate ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Blackwood | Star: Robert Motherwell

19. Making Dances: Seven Post-Modern Choreographers (1980)

89 min | Documentary, Biography, History

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Made in 1980, this film explores the contemporary dance scene through the work of seven New York-based choreographers. They discuss the nature of dance and the evolution of their own work. ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Blackwood | Stars: Trisha Brown, Lucinda Childs, Douglas Dunn, David Gordon

20. Andy Warhol (1972)

53 min | Documentary, Biography, History

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Known for his Pop imagery, avant-garde films, and enigmatic muses, Andy Warhol was a vital figure in the New York City art scene. Making a name for himself throughout the 1960's with his ... See full summary »

Director: Lana Jokel | Stars: Mario Amaya, Brigid Berlin, David Bourdon, Jackie Curtis

21. Stirling (1986)

58 min | Documentary, Biography, History

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James Stirling takes us from Germany, to London, to Boston, guiding us through three of his widely famed museums. Though the buildings designed and created by the established architect ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Blackwood | Stars: Colin Amery, Charles Jencks, Richard Rogers, Gavin Stamp

22. Hans Haacke: 4 Decades (2007)

59 min | Documentary

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Hans Haacke is a key figure in contemporary art whose work intersects with conceptual, pop, minimal and land art. The artist is particularly known for his research into the hidden economies... See full summary »

Director: Michael Blackwood | Star: Hans Haacke

23. Tadao Ando (1988)

58 min | Documentary

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Tadao Ando, a self-taught architect, proposes an international architecture that he believes can only be conceived by someone Japanese. His architecture mixes Piranesian drama with ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Blackwood | Star: Tadao Andô

24. The Practice of Architecture: Visiting Peter Zumthor (2012)

58 min | Documentary

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The architect Peter Zumthor lives and works in the remote village of Haldenstein in the Swiss Kanton of Graubünden. Here, keeping the politics of architecture at a comfortable distance, ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Blackwood | Stars: Kenneth Frampton, Peter Zumthor

25. Lebbeus Woods + Steven Holl: The Practice of Architecture (2012)

53 min | Documentary

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Architects Lebbeus Woods and Steven Holl have been friends for many years. Both are theorists but Woods has been preoccupied with the pursuit of a visionary architecture, intentionally, not... See full summary »

Director: Michael Blackwood | Star: Steven Holl

26. Conversations with Philip Guston (2003)

45 min | Documentary

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Art historians and critics talk with Philip Guston about his ideas and new work of the 1970's. Filmed during the making of "Philip Guston: A Life Lived".

Director: Michael Blackwood | Star: Philip Guston

27. Alvaro Siza: Transforming Reality (2003)

59 min | Documentary

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In "Álvaro Siza Transforming Reality", Portugal's renowned architect discusses his work and tours15 projects with architectural historian Kenneth Frampton, who has referred to Siza as "one ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Blackwood | Stars: Álvaro Siza Vieira, Kenneth Frampton

28. Richard Meier (1986)

58 min | Documentary

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At mid-career, Meier guides the viewer on a retrospective of his white buildings, from private houses of the 1960s to the Frankfurt and Atlanta Museums of the 1980s--all variations on his ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Blackwood | Star: Richard Meier

29. Christo: Wrapped Walk Ways (1978)

24 min | Documentary, Short, Biography

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Wrapped Walk Ways, in Jacob Loose Memorial Park, Kansas City, Missouri, consisted of the installation of 136,268 square feet (12,540 square meters) of saffron-colored nylon fabric covering ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Blackwood | Stars: Christo, Jeanne-Claude

31. Claes Oldenburg: The Formative Years (1975)

52 min | Documentary, Biography, History

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Claes Oldenburg claims the most important thing in art is style, and in this film he identifies the sources of his inspiration. The film appropriately begins with Oldenburg attending the ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Blackwood | Stars: Ellen Johnson, Claes Oldenburg

32. Balanchine Lives! (1998 TV Movie)

58 min | Documentary

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"When I die," George Balanchine stated in his most apocalyptic utterance, "everything should vanish." He did not expect his ballets to survive, and if it were up to him, they would no ... See full synopsis »

Director: Michael Blackwood | Stars: Suzanne Farrell, Susan Hendl, Barbara Horgan, Patricia Neary

33. After Modernism: The Dilemma of Influence (1992)

58 min | Documentary

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The purposeful dismantling of the modernist myth has been the central issue of contemporary art making and art criticism. Since the 1960s, other disciplines, cultures, and artists ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Blackwood | Stars: Isa Genzken, David Hammons, Mike Kelley, Bertrand Lavier

34. Beyond Utopia: Changing Attitudes in American Architecture (1984)

59 min | Documentary

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In 1982, at the height of the postmodernist adventure in architecture we visit 4 practices: Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown, Frank Gehry, Michael Graves and Peter Eisenman - all ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Blackwood | Stars: Peter Eisenman, Frank Gehry, Michael Graves, Philip Johnson

35. Reclaiming the Body: Feminist Art in America (1996)

58 min | Documentary

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After many decades of struggle, women have attained a strong presence in today's art world, as evidenced by the many exhibitions devoted to their work. Loosely based on the two-part BAD ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Blackwood | Stars: Janine Antoni, Ida Applebroog, Lynda Benglis, Louise Bourgeois

36. Speaking of Abstraction: A Universal Language (1999)

48 min | Documentary

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At the beginning of the twenty-first century, abstraction - that most quintessentially modernist innovation - maintains a peculiarly contradictory position. Used, on one hand, by ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Blackwood | Stars: Helmut Federle, Günther Förg, Jonathan Lasker, Robert Mangold

37. Deconstructivist Architects (1990)

58 min | Documentary

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At the end of the 1980's a new architectural sensibility challenged the prevailing post-Modern attitude. This film documents explosive and seemingly chaotic structures from Vienna to L.A., ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Blackwood | Stars: Jacques Derrida, Peter Eisenman, Frank Gehry, Zaha Hadid

38. Joan Jonas: Reanimation (2013)

72 min | Documentary

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Joan Jonas is a pioneer of video and performance art. As a beginning she studied sculpture, but in the mid-1960s she started exploring new media, and became one of the most influential ... See full summary »

Director: Rima Yamazaki | Star: Joan Jonas

39. Cecil Balmond: Visionary Engineer and Architect (2009)

56 min | Documentary

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In conversations with the architecture critic Sanford Kwinter, Cecil Balmond reveals his vision and multifaceted talents in a retrospective exhibition of his accomplishments at the Graham ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Blackwood | Stars: Cecil Balmond, Sanford Kwinter

40. Berlin's Jewish Museum: A Personal Tour with Daniel Libeskind (2001)

58 min | Documentary

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This extraordinary haunting building, a zig-zag form reflecting an invisible matrix of addresses of Jewish Berliners who once lived in the area, is Daniel Libeskind's first commission. It ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Blackwood | Stars: Daniel Libeskind, Alan Riding

41. A Day with Zaha Hadid (2004)

58 min | Documentary

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Zaha Hadid discusses her current work while taking the camera through her retrospective exhibition "Zaha Hadid has Arrived" at Vienna's MAK, a museum for design and contemporary art. The ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Blackwood | Star: Zaha Hadid

42. John Hejduk: Builder of Worlds (1992)

30 min | Documentary, Short

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A poet among architects and an innovator among educators, John Hejduk converses with poet David Shapiro at The Cooper Union about the mystery and spirit of architecture. His own sketches and structures are shown.

Director: Michael Blackwood | Stars: John Hejduk, David Shapiro

43. David Chipperfield: Form Matters (2012)

59 min | Documentary

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When the Tuscan city of Pisa commissioned David Chipperfield to create a master plan that would bring new vitality to this historic place on the Arno, an exhibition of a selection of work ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Blackwood | Star: David Chipperfield

44. The Once and Future Pariser Platz: A Square in Berlin Comes Back (1999)

58 min | Documentary

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Since the fall of the wall Berlin has been trying to come back as the metropolis it once was. An important part of this was the re-building of the center of the city, where the wall once ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Blackwood | Stars: Günter Behnisch, Peter Bohlin, Christian de Portzamparc, Frank Gehry

45. The American Ballet Company: Eliot Feld Artistic Director (1969)

58 min | Documentary

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A cinema verité account of Eliot Feld's early choreography and the founding of his first ensemble, The American Ballet Company. Its first performance took place in Italy at the 1968 Spoleto Festival.

Directors: Christian Blackwood, Michael Blackwood | Stars: Eliot Feld, Manfred Gräter

46. Bernd and Hilla Becher: Typologies of Industrial Architecture (2007)

56 min | Documentary

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Bernd and Hilla Becher have been working together as photographers since 1957 documenting and classifying endangered architecture - mainly industrial structures, that are now vanishing from... See full summary »

Director: Michael Blackwood | Stars: Bernd Becher, Hilla Becher

47. George Segal (1980)

58 min | Documentary, Biography, History

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George Segal constructs a type of human form and vulnerability that feels rare in the world of sculpture. As we follow his process at the isolated New Jersey farmhouse that serves as his ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Blackwood | Stars: Graham Beal, Martin Friedman, Billy Klüver, Julie Martin

48. Education of an Architect: Voices from the Cooper Union (1993)

64 min | Documentary

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The members of a graduating class at the Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture of The Cooper Union in New York City explain their imaginative solutions to their fifth-year thesis ... See full summary »

Director: Kim Shkapich | Star: John Hejduk

49. Christo: Wrapped Coast (1969)

30 min | Documentary, Short

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In 1969, Christo and Jeanne-Claude wrapped 2.5 kilometers of coast and cliffs up to 26 metres along the coast of Little Bay, in Southeast Sydney, Australia.

Director: Michael Blackwood | Stars: Christo, Jeanne-Claude

50. The New Modernists: 6 European Architects (1992)

58 min | Documentary

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Produced at roughly the same time as The New Modernists 9 American Architects, this film examines an equally interesting selection of European architects. Critic Kenneth Frampton sees this ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Blackwood | Stars: Jean Nouvel, Antonio Cruz, Eduardo Souto de Moura, Kristian Gullichsen


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