Dir. Peter Sanders (79min, USA, 2012)
Born in a New York mansion to a Sephardic tobacco tycoon from Turkey, Altina Schinasi (1907-1999) quickly eclipsed her guarded childhood to make sexually liberated art with a flagrant audacity that became the trademark of a life lived to the fullest.
She picked up an Oscar nomination for directing Interregnum, a film on George Grosz; befriended Martin Luther King Jr.; and hid a member of the Hollywood Ten during the Red Scare. These relationships, and those with four wildly different husbands, informed her most original artwork— Chairacter-sculptures that exuded the unencumbered sexuality of a feminist born before women had the right to vote.
Co-Presented by Touchstone Gallery
Director Peter Sanders in conversation following the screening.
Award-winning documentary filmmaker Peter Sanders holds a graduate degree in broadcast journalism from New York University and an undergraduate degree in history from the University of Vermont. His feature-length film, The Disappeared (2008), was awarded a special prize for best documentary by the 2007 Documentary and Fiction Festival of Hollywood.
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