Monday, December 31, 2012

Louise P. Sloane Donation for the Film.

I was given this wonderful Acrylic on Tyvek painting by Louise P. Sloane as a gift to help with raising funds for my film.

It's an amazing yellow piece, you can see it in it's beauty from the pics I have uploaded here. Click on the images and you can see them in almost 1:1 scale.

Louise P. Sloane
"Color Study on Tyvek"
30" X 28.5"

The price for this wonderful work of art is $700. That includes shipping anywhere.

Thanks for your support. All of the donations will go directly to serving the documentary.

If you wish to help support you can also click the box to the right and donate as much as you wish.

Jeffrey Collins

Sunday, December 23, 2012

New Facebook page for film.

Just wanted to let everyone know about our new Facebook page dedicated to the film.

And now, without further ado!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

An introduction into my life with this film...

It has been about 2 years now that I have been working on this documentary. Many ups and downs...the ups always outweighing the downs. And so much that I have learned. I have given the idea of a book on my travels and insights into the art world a lot of thought, and I figured I'd just go and print some of the introductions right here for you to get a peek into my life, as I am giving you a peek into these people's lives.

So without further ado. Here's how it began.


It was 1999 when I fist got to see the film Painters Painting. I remember I went to the library that day; we have a great library in Columbus, Ohio, always voted the best, even better than NY’s public library. I found myself checking through all the vhs tapes, looking for something interesting to watch, maybe there was a nice art documentary in the art section that would give me some insight into art that I had yet to find. As my eyes darted back and forth over all the basic videos of Picasso and Renoir, I suddenly came across this white vhs tape box with red lettering that said PAINTERS PAINTING. I immediately felt, hey this might be something here, grabbing it, and checking out the back of the box. I see names like Jackson Pollock, Willem De Kooning, Barnett Newman, Larry Poons, Jules Olitski, and Frank Stella. I knew right then I was in for a treat. I almost couldn’t wait to get back home to watch this. 2 hours is a long time for a documentary, but I remember being glued to the TV as I was watching this. I only found myself hitting fast forward when Andy Warhol came on the screen. That guy has always bored me to tears. But immediately after was one of my absolute favorite painters…Frank Stella. I noticed that the way the film was put together, that it had the originators, and then it went into the generation right after, finally ending up at the end with the youngest of all the people in the film. A young Larry Poons, who had been in his second phase of his painting journey for only about 2 years when Emile De Antonio came to film. Larry is a brilliant painter, and his section is still my absolute favorite of the film. I always felt that De Antonio put his section the way it was, so that we wouldn’t be interfered in it by anyone else getting in the way of what was happening. We actually get to witness something you’ll probably never see in another film, a painter cropping his own painting. I say this not to demean, but to give you an idea of how rare videos like this really are. The window they give us into the world of these geniuses.



Thanks for reading.


Saturday, December 15, 2012

James Panero at Storefront Bushwick speaking about the art world.

I got to meet and hang out with writer James Panero on Sunday the 18th of November. We met up at a gallery James likes to visit called Storefront Bushwick. We spent some time talking about the paintings inside and the role of Bushwick in the future art world. I'll turn this over to James to tell you the rest.

Thanks and enjoy.

Jeffrey Collins

Matthew Deleget speaking about Minus Space and Ted Stamm.

On my second journey to Dumbo, I got to hang out and do an interview with Matthew Deleget, Artist/Writer/Curator/Director of Minus Space. We got to speak in detail about the role of Minus Space and the many wonderful artists that have shown there. One in particular was the artist Ted Stamm, who unfortunately passed away at age 39. I'll turn this over to Matthew to tell you the rest.


Jeffrey Collins

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Frosty Myers Interview Clip.

I got to hang out with Sculptor Forrest 'Frosty' Myers in his studio on November 11th. Had a wonderful time talking about his work and all he was doing with his art. Here's a wonderful clip you definitely won't see anywhere else. Frosty playing one of his sculptures.

Hope you enjoyed that. Plenty more to come.

Remember if you would like to help, you can always donate by clicking on the box to the right.

Thanks Frosty. I had a wonderful day hanging out with you. Looking forward to the future.

Thanks to all who have been involved and helped me get to this point. Cheers to you!

Jeffrey Collins

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Louise P. Sloane talking about painting.

Here is the clip of Louise P. Sloane from our filming on what I think was the 9th of November. We had a wonderful time talking about painting and especially her paintings. This is the first clip from my recent November NYC trip, of 5 interviews. More to come. Keep in touch and you'll find out when the next clip is available for you to enjoy online. The film is coming along quite well. But all help is greatly appreciated.

Jeffrey Collins

Saturday, November 17, 2012

More interviews in NYC.

My time in NYC is almost up. Got just a couple days to go before heading back to Columbus via Syracuse. Going to do some more filming with Darryl Hughto and Susan Roth.

So far I have had the pleasure of meeting many more people from this journey. And even got a few more interviews done. One more to go tomorrow, which will be the writer James Panero from the Wall Street Journal and The New Criterion. 

This trip I got to meet and film...

Forrest "Frosty" Myers in his Brooklyn Studio.

Louise P. Sloane in her Great Neck Studio.Dennis Hollingsworth in his Brooklyn Studio.Matthew Deleget in the offices of Minus Space in Brooklyn.
James Panero in Storefront Bushwick, BrooklynThanks to all that have helped me get to this point. Your contributions are going to some very informative and thought provoking art documentary filmmaking. This archive and film is going to be available for many many people over the decades to come, and you are helping make it possible with your donations.Cheers.Jeffrey CollinsDirector.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Who's Afraid of Red Yellow and Blue...The Documentary.

I have been working on this documentary for over a year now. Getting ready to make my second November filming trip to NYC. November 2011 was the first NYC filming trip I made. During that visit, I got to interview Peter Reginato, Karen Wilkin, John Zinsser, and Klaus Kertess. I got to meet Pat Steir (we had to make a raincheck for another day), and Ronnie Landfield (whom I interviewed on the next trip to NYC in April of 2012).

I feel amazing to have gotten this far with the film and am happy to share with you a recent trailer I made to show to some prospective funders. I know that in the future I'll be making a second version of the trailer, but this is with what I have right now.

I hope you enjoy it. As I was working on the trailer, I finally came up with the name for the documentary. If you know me, you know I was thinking of calling it Painters Painting Two....or maybe Too. Kinda cheesy, but hey I couldn't come up with much better. After working on the trailer a bit I was just thinking about it while waiting for sleep. Suddenly I thought of the title 'Birth Of Venus' or maybe Re-Birth...but that sounded more like a sculpture film. I thought the idea of naming it after a famous painting could be a possible good idea. Almost immediately the name flashed in my mind.


One of the many great titles for paintings that one of my absolute favorite painters Barnett Newman gave to his work. But it also rang true with what I felt I was trying to accomplish with this film. To give a sense that even 60 years later, people are still (to use the analogy) afraid or abstract modern art. And I hope with this film that it will give people a much needed eye into the world of these people, which will inevitably give people more insight than before into the world of Non-representational painting and sculpture. As I do have Peter Reginato, an amazing sculptor in the film and am in the process of interviewing Forrest 'Frosty' Myers for the film too. I didn't want to give the film an overtly painting type title.

I am about to make another trip for filming next month and have had much help from some amazing people to allow me to make this film. I have a donation button below if you would like to help out. It will allow you to put in any amount of funds you would be willing to donate. And if you are really willing, I am working on a referral plan where if you guide people to the site and they too donate (while giving your name in the comment box). Depending on how much you are able to bring in, I can offer some amazing footage of any or ALL of the participants being sent to you on DVD's after the release of the film. You can learn more about it here.

Thanks for all your help. Remember, you helped make this happen. With all your donations, and all your praise and just getting in touch to let me know you are happy about what I'm working on.

Jeffrey Collins
Director (and all the other stuff too!)

Monday, October 8, 2012

Michael Brennan Interview Clip

A short clip from my interview with painter Michael Brennan where he is speaking of his interest in Josef Albers. There is so much more to this section, but I wanted to keep it unseen until the film is done.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Susan Roth Interview Clip.

Another amazing clip from my recent travels to Canastota, NY. Visiting with Painter Susan Roth in her studio she shares with her husband, Darryl Hughto.

Spent some amazing time getting to know them, here's a little bit for you,

So much to come in the future. And there will be plenty of interviews coming.

I'm also working on an actual website for the film, as I like this blog, but am in need to incorporate it into something a bit more professional for this project. Keep checking back.


Saturday, September 15, 2012

Darryl Hughto talks about his time in school.

Just made the first video from my recent NY trip live. Darryl Hughto: painter, talking about his days in college, and especially his learning from painter Jack Bush.

There are so many great stories Darryl was telling me. The future will allow you to see them too.

Thanks to all whom helped me to travel so that I could get these interviews.

Jeffrey Collins

Monday, August 27, 2012

Referrals for the documentary.

Here's one to help yourself while helping others to learn about my upcoming documentary film.

If you are able to bring in contributions from others. I will gladly give you extras from the film. Be it extra DVD's of the finished film, or DVD/Blu-Ray discs filled with raw interviews. If you are able to bring in $1000 in contributions, I'll give you EVERYTHING I have filmed on DVD's or Blu-Ray discs...your choice. That's a LOT of footage to dig into. 4 hours of just Ronnie Landfield...think about that. WOW!

Just guide your friends here, tell them to click on the donate button to the right. And make sure you tell them to put YOUR name in the additional info box, so I know it's coming from you.

I will also give you a producers credit if you can raise $500 or more in donations. AND that producers credit WILL put your name on which is the Internet Movie Data Base, and is where you can learn about the people behind the films. Wouldn't that be cool? ;-)


Peter Reginato Package.

Another contribution package for the film by Sculptor Peter Reginato. A unique colored pencil on 150lb watercolor paper drawing. It was made while I was filming with Reginato in April 2012. Comes unframed. Image size 11" X 13.25".

You WILL also receive the DVD, and the digital download of the finished film.

Shipping is free for North America. If you are outside of North America please get in touch, as shipping will be an extra $10. I'll have to add that, and send you the invoice.

Thanks for your support. Please click the Paypal button at the bottom to complete the transaction.

Ronnie Landfield Package

I am putting the Ronnie Landfield book contribution package here. This wonderful book was signed by Ronnie Landfield in order to help raise supporting funds for the documentary film. This book was made for the exhibition "Paintings from Five Decades" from the Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, Ohio. Published in 2007. 48 pages of amazing paintings and fantastic writings on a grand artist of the 21st century.

You WILL also receive the DVD, and the digital download of the finished film.

Shipping is free for North America. If you are outside of North America please get in touch, as shipping will be an extra $15. And I'll have to add that in and send you the invoice.

Thanks for your support. Please click the Paypal button at the bottom to complete the transaction.

Pat Steir Package

I am putting the Pat Steir book contribution package on here to let people know about it. This wonderful book was signed by Pat Steir in order to help raise supporting funds for the documentary film. This book was authored by Doris von Drathen for Charta books. Published in 2007. 288 pages of amazing paintings and fantastic writings on a grand artist of the 21st century.

You WILL also receive the DVD, and the digital download of the finished film.

Shipping is free for North America. If you are outside of North America please get in touch, as shipping will be an extra $15. I'll have to add that, and send you the invoice.

Thanks for your support. Please click the Paypal button at the bottom to complete the transaction.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

A taste of what is to come....from the past.

For some that are wondering what might this film of mine be like when it is finished. Picture a less compressed version of this film. And by less compressed, I mean focused more on a certain group of artists, and not trying to gather film on every well known artist of the times. I also do not have Orson Welles doing lots of the talking....or any. ;-)

My film I am working on will allow a window into the world of many great painters and sculptors I have been given access to get to know over the past year, and many more to come. Giving you a seat beside me, as I spend time speaking to and learning from the great modernist painters and sculptors of our time, whom are based around the east coast. I am already planning my next film which will in turn focus more on the west coast of America. With a trilogy coming to a close in Europe. As you can tell, this is one major project I have set myself up for. And it's a task that I am more than ready to continue.

Thanks for your time. Jeffrey

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Another trip to New York City.

Spent another week (extended this time) in New York City. Thanks to the wonderful Peter Reginato, and Joseph Marioni for putting me up during my trip. You guys rock. Went to Painter Ronnie Landfield's again and this time got to film he and his wife Jenny moving paintings around. Ronnie even let me film him making a wonderful painting, which he had finished and stretched and framed by the time I saw him again about 6 days later. Can't wait to get a pic of it so I can show it off. I went on Saturday the 21st to Rodney Dickson's Brooklyn studio to interview him for the film. This was the first time I have had an artists take so much interest in how the interview was done. He even came up with his own questions, and later after we had finished, was telling me about even more we could do for the next time. I really can't wait for the next time now. I got to try a new to me technique of recording audio for Rodney's interview. Not sure right now if it came out as well as I had hoped, but thankfully I kept the audio from my recorder too, so if there is a problem I can always go back to the 24bit 96Khz recordings from the interview and work with those. I like quality. But there is just something about raw looking video that peaks my interest.

If you don't know about Rodney's work. I highly suggest you check it out. He just had a show in NYC at the Gasser and Grunert gallery on W. 19th St across from Zwirner. 

So much more to come.

Thanks to Peter Reginato, Joseph Marioni, Dee Solin, Rodney Dickson, James Panero, Ronnie Landfield and Jenny Landfield, David Reed, and Mrs. sympathies for your loss.

Monday, July 2, 2012

New additions to the film campaign.

I have received two new additions to my art documentary film campaign. One by Marc Ross...whom my first documentary was on, and the other by Ronnie Landfield...whom is in the new documentary. Both of these works on paper are exquisite and beautiful. Full of atmosphere and transcendence. Clicking on the image itself will allow it to open up in a much better format for internet viewing.

Marc Ross: Simplified #10 1997-2008 Acrylic and watercolor on paper. 15" X 18"

Ronnie Landfield: Sea of Japan series, June 1996
11" x 8 1/8" ink and colored chalk on paper.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

New film campaign is LIVE.

The new film fund raising campaign is now live on the Indiegogo website. This site is very much like kickstarter, but has a number of perks that kickstarter does not have. This time I will be able to get any raised funds for the film. Indiegogo is not an all or nothing deal. So no matter what, i'll be able to continue to make this film, Thanks to all of you wonderful contributors.

There is over 60 days on this campaign, so there's plenty of time to get your contribution in. Visit the page, check out the many video clips already filmed. So much has been done for the film. But there is so much left to do. With your help, we all can make sure this happens in the best way it can.

Thanks in advance.
Jeffrey Collins

Monday, May 28, 2012

New Campaign is almost ready.

I'm about 85% done on the new Indie Gogo Campaign. New campaign video and better copy and more gifts. Books, Prints, and even actual artwork is available for campaign contributions. Thanks to all so far that have helped me get this film to this place.

One of the things I love about Indie Gogo is their Flexi-Funding. Which means I CAN receive all contributions for the campaign. No more of this all or nothing stuff. YEAH!

The campaign should be starting in the next few days. So be ready.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

New Screen Captures from interviews.

I wanted to share some screen captures I just made from the recent interviews I did in April 2012. I had such a wonderful time learning from these great artists and am looking forward to heading back soon and learning more. Thanks to all who have contributed to the film. If you are interested in contributing to the production of the film, please do so here.

Artist John Zinsser

Artist Michael Brennan

Artist Peter Reginato

Artist Ronnie Landfield

Artist Ruth Ann Fredenthal

Looking forward to what the future brings for this documentary. Cheers to all involved.


Thursday, May 10, 2012

More wonderful publicity.

Just wanted to share this wonderful news for my film blog and for my film I have been working on. There's been a recent grouping of things to happen that have been making me smile greatly. One wonderful thing popped up on my Facebook page the other day, it was this wonderful website run by Brett Baker called Painters Table. I wanted to take a moment to show my gratitude toward his generosity toward my film. Take a look, and also check out the rest of his blog, there is so much amazing stuff in there. You could spend a whole day just checking the site out.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Ruth Ann Fredenthal speaking on classical and dramatic painting.

My interview with Ruth Ann Fredenthal was very eye opening with her thoughts on coming up in the art world and her own education on painting. Her thoughts on being a painter are quite fascinating.

I'll let you make up your own mind by introducing this clip.

Thanks to all who helped contribute to the film to allow me my last trip for filming. The next round of campaign contributions is upon us. So please do help in any way you can. You can click any of the donation buttons to the right of this page to show your support.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Ronnie Landfield being an art mover of Rosenquist.

Sharing this fantastic clip of Painter Ronnie Landfield talking about his early days and how he helped set up a few shows for fellow artists, including James Rosenquist's second show at the Green Gallery.

Thanks to all who contributed in helping get me to NYC for this recent filming trip. It is all greatly appreciated. Already looking forward to the next trip.

Friday, May 4, 2012

John Zinsser on his history.

Short clip from my talk with Painter John Zinsser. He speaks about the painting he was in front of during the last interview and how it relates to his history as a painter.

Much more to come. The documentary is getting closer and closer to being ready for the editing stage.

Thanks to all that contributed to the campaign to get this film made. History is on our side.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Michael Brennan on early fame.

A new interview with Painter Michael Brennan on early fame and how it can haunt those that receive it.

Keep focused for more interview segments. So much more is available, the film itself is going to be awesome.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Peter Reginato is drawing.

Video construction from my time spent with Peter Reginato while he was drawing. Side note, the drawing he is making, has been donated to the films campaign. If interested, please let me know. Otherwise the drawing goes up with the new campaign which is coming soon.

Enjoy, and have a wonderful day. ;-)

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

The campaign lives on!

I wanted to take a moment to say Thanks to all those wonderful insightful people who donated to the Kickstarter Campaign. Unfortunately it didn't get all the donations it needed to become a successful campaign. Even after the campaign ended, people are still sending in funds via paypal to help get the next phase of the film made. Granted, what amount you decide to donate will be responded to with the specific pledge it was accompanied with. So if you still give $25 you'll have the digital download in HD of the full film. For $45 you'll have the DVD and digital download. And onward. If you need to check out what the levels were. Please feel free here.

Since so many of you have been gracious enough to help like this, I do have special gifts I wish you to have, but i'll let them be a gift and not tell you about them. ;-)

Just click the box to be taken to the Paypal site. You don't have to sign up for their service to use it.

It will ask you what email to send the funds to. Put in and it will be good.

Thank you all for the support. Jeffrey

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Essay in NyArtsMagazine today!

Woke up today and found out this wonderful nugget of happiness was sitting on the NyArtsMagazine website. What a wonderful way to begin your day. ;-) An awesome push for the documentary. Keep on getting it out there, and thanks to all that made it happen. Definitely including all the wonderful donors.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Almost 1K in the first week.

Thanks to all the people who have donated for the film project so far. Got almost to $1000 right now. 44 more days to go to get to $15,000. So I am definitely in need of help from all my friends who wanna see this film get made. Many emails have been sent to news outlets through the last week and I'm ready to send out more. There is so much to do, and I'm hoping that with your help, and your friends help, and their friends...we'll all together be able to revel in the fact that you and yours helped bring this film to fruition.

We don't want these stories to go untold. History needs documentaries like this.

Thanks for your help.


Sunday, January 15, 2012

Kickstarter Campaign is LIVE!!!

I have finally gotten the project ready for this phase of the film. I am very proud of what I have accomplished so far, and need your help to get to the next phase till the finish. You can really grasp all I have been working on and all the time I have been desiring to do this documentary.

Have a look...

And THANKS for your help.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Camera Rig.

I welcome you to see the camera rig I have built with the help of the Frugal Filmmaker and his ingenious designs to help filmmakers save money. It's all built to be able to break down and be easier to carry. As I had to carry my first version all around New York when I was there in November 2011 shooting interviews for my documentary. This one is a bit more streamlined and easygoing. As you can see it has a place to rest your shoulder, along with the ability to use it as a shoulder rig, or you can break it down and use it more as a handheld rig. Everything you see that is in the last photo is all glued together with PVC glue and can easily be put together or taken apart for travel.