Independent Lens, True Stories
A blue-collar town in Massachusetts reinvented itself in the post-industrial economy by opening the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art.
At age 85, this unusual art collector continues to search for the work of northern California artists hoping to make his next great discovery.
For 25 years, Nancy Kelly has produced and directed independent documentary and narrative films. She directed and co-produced the critically acclaimed American Playhouse film Thousand Pieces of Gold, which played theatrically in the U.S. as well as in many international film festivals,… and was broadcast worldwide. Ms. Kelly also produced and directed the documentaries Cowgirls: Portraits Of American Ranch Women; A Cowhand’s Song: Crisis on the Range, and Sweeping Ocean Views. Cowgirls was broadcast on the National Geographic show Explorer and in the United Kingdom, and won many film festival awards. She recently directed Onetree, the pilot segment for a documentary series about art for KQED-TV/San Francisco. Her work of creative nonfiction, When We Were Cowgirls, will be published by the University of Utah Press. Nancy Kelly is a native of North Adams, Massachusetts who now lives in California.
Meet Rene: at age 85, this unusual art collector continues to search for the work of northern California artists, hoping to make his next great discovery. Smitten follows Rene as he opens his private collection to the public, displaying the work without wall labels, so that people are empowered to interact with the art in a direct, personal, and more democratic way.