‘Ashley Bryan’ screened at Belfast library

Mar 15, 2019
Ashley Bryan is pictured with some of his puppets.

Belfast — Belfast Free Library, 106 High St., will host a screening of “I Know a Man ... Ashley Bryan,” a 2016 film by Richard Kane and Robert Shetterly, Wednesday, March 27, at 6 p.m. Following the presentation, filmmaker Kane will lead a discussion. All ages are invited to attend.

Creative wonder 95-year-old Bryan is a poet/illustrator of more than 50 published children’s books, and he makes magical puppets and sea glass windows from found objects inspired by his African heritage. The film follows his life from his birth in Harlem; through life as a WWII draftee pulled from Cooper Union Art College to join the segregated US Army at 19; his life’s work as an artist; and his years on Maine’s remote Cranberry Islands. His life story and the art he makes from this wellspring of experience is an inspiration to people of all ages.

Kane is an independent film director whose work is focused on the intersection of art and contemporary American life. He and partner Melody Lewis-Kane have directed more than 17 films about Maine artists, all part of “Maine Masters,” a New England Emmy-nominated public television series. Kane-Lewis Productions has worked for National Geographic and The Discovery Channel, among many others. From 2007 through 2016, Richard Kane served as chairman of the Maine Film & Video Association.

This program is free and open to all. For more information, call the library at 339-3884, ext. 10.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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