Cleveland International Film Festival } March 25 – April 5, 2020 } Tower City Cinemas

An Art That Nature Makes: The Work of Rosamond Purcell


Year: 2015
Country: USA
Run Time: 75 minutes

An Art That Nature Makes: The Work of Rosamond Purcell

Chronicling the incredible photography of Rosamond Purcell, AN ART THAT NATURE MAKES: THE WORK OF ROSAMOND PURCELL explores an unconventional side of the medium. Obsessed with things others may find mundane or useless, Purcell scours junkyards, libraries, and the back rooms of museums for things she can bring to life with her camera. She also documents oddities in nature, exploring every inch of the strange artifacts she finds. Her incredible pictures can be at polar opposites of the emotional spectrum; from stunningly beautiful to weirdly macabre, they're all equally mesmerizing. The film reveals the artist in her natural element, whether it's working in the studio, obsessing over murre eggs, or rummaging for treasures. Watching her on the brink of several artistic epiphanies is a rare and intimate opportunity to understand the creative process of an extraordinary world-renowned talent. This engaging documentary also contains interviews with those who've worked closely with her, as well as famous admirers, including director, Errol Morris. Get a glimpse into the mind of the brilliant woman who has been called the "doyenne of decay." –E.F.

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Molly Bernstein

Molly Bernstein is a New York filmmaker with an M.F.A. in Film from Columbia University. She is a part of the media company, Particle Productions. Bernstein started in the industry as an assistant editor, a job that allowed her to work with such directors as Martin Scorcese and Jonathan Demme.


Alan Edelstein, Philip Dolin

Philip Dolin

Molly Bernstein

Principal Cast
Rosamond Purcell, Errol Morris, Ricky Jay

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