Preview: The Woodmans, Documentary Screening with Sō Percussion, Thursday at KSU

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Portrait of Francesca Woodman and her father George Woodman, taken by Francesca Woodman. Untitled 1980 (New York) Credit: Kino Lorber, Inc
Portrait of Francesca Woodman and her father George Woodman, taken by Francesca Woodman, Untitled (New York), 1980, Courtesy of Kino Lorber, Inc.

On Thursday, February 14 at 4pm, the Zuckerman Museum at Kennesaw State University will present a special free screening of C. Scott Willis’s 2010 documentary The Woodmans. The film details the life and career of photographer Francesca Woodman and the lingering effect of her 1981 suicide on the surviving members of her family. The screening will also feature a live performance by Sō Percussion of composer David Lang’s score to the film.

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The Woodmans provides a unique glimpse into the private and professional lives of the eponymous Woodman family, composed of renowned sculptor Betty Woodman, painter and photographer George Woodman, and their late daughter Francesca. C. Scott Willis’s film tragically recounts the work and subsequent void left behind by the promising young artist, whose influence still resonates in contemporary photography. Willis interviews Betty and George Woodman, emotionally revealing the parents’ guilt surrounding their daughter’s suicide and a singular sort of parent-child competition that has come to exist in the wake of Francesca Woodman’s posthumous art world success.

Francesca Woodman, Untitled (Rome), 1977-78, Courtesy of Kino Lorber, Inc.

David Lang’s score, performed by Sō Percussion, hauntingly underpins the story of the film and provides added resonance to Francesca Woodman’s moody photographic images and video works—both of which are featured heavily in the film. The screening on Thursday will feature a live performance by Sō Percussion who will also provide commentary on the production of the film.

Sō Percussion’s performance for this screening of The Woodmans is presented in conjunction with the Kennesaw State New Music Festival which will conclude this Friday, February 15 with another performance by Sō Percussion at 8PM.

Eric Beach, Josh Quillen, Adam Sliwinski, and Jason Treuting
Sō Percussion members L-R: Josh Quillen, Jason Treuting, Eric Beach, and Adam Sliwinski

This screening of The Woodmans and performance by Sō Percussion will take place in the Don Russell Clayton Gallery at the KSU Bailey Performance Center at 4PM this Thursday, February 14. Admission to the event is free but seating may be reserved by contacting the box office at 770-423-6650 or [email protected]

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