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Forty-Seven Views of Leslie Laskey


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Forty-Seven Views of Leslie Laskey

Available until March 30, 2017.

Forty-Seven Views of Leslie Laskey, 39 min 47 sec

Shot over an 11-year period, Forty Seven Views of Leslie Laskey is a chronicle of the 91-year-old artist, poet and legendary teacher, Leslie J Laskey. Often described as passionate, demanding, insightful, magical, inspirational and above all creative. He is a force to be reckoned with, as illustrated in this beautifully shot film portrait. Directed by David Wild and Lulu Gargiulo.

Together with cinematographer, Lulu Gargiulo, the filmmakers spent countless hours to capture Leslie in his everyday life of painting, cooking, walking his dog, entertaining friends, cutting and printing wood blocks and ultimately teaching the people around him to look at the world in new ways. Despite being 91 years old, Leslie’s ability to create and inspire, as well as challenge and amuse become evermore apparent with each chapter. Watching the film, one gets the idea that for Leslie there's not much difference between work and life. Whether he’s talking about baking peaches, sharing his ideas for design or reciting poetry, his passion and energy for life are contagious.

Filmmaker's Statement

Leslie Laskey and I both grew up in the same small town in northern Michigan. He is an amazing artist with an incredible energy and an enthusiasm that is truly contagious. It was important for me to try and "bottle" Leslie with this film. I wanted to find a way that the viewer could experience what it's like to spend time with him. From the beginning I decided that I did not want to be a part of the movie, I did not want to have a narrator, and I did not want to include interviews with other people talking about him. I wanted the film to be in "first person" with Leslie speaking directly to the viewer. More than anyone else I know, Leslie lives in the present. He inspires people everyday and my goal is to try and capture that.

- David Wild, Co-director

Learn more about the film and the filmmakers at: leslielaskeyfilm.com.