Watch 17 minutes of the documentary Make

June 26, 2011

Make is a documentary by directors Scott Ogden and Malcolm Hearn about four disable outsider artists. They provided the inspiration for Sufjan Stevens’ recent album The Age of Adz, which was based specifically on the life and apocalyptic work of the schizophrenic artist Prophet Royal Robertson who is prominently featured in the film.

Ogden says he first first began documenting these people 12 years ago, beginning with a trip to visit Ike Morgan, and his paintings at the Austin State Hospital. The blind sculptor Hawkins Bolden, and severely disabled crafter, Judith Scott followed. Then Hearn joined Ogden in traveling the country, documenting more of their four subjects, along the loved ones and care takers in their lives. “Our lives have been drastically transformed by a dizzying expansion of consumerism and technology,” Hearn says. “Products are culture now, and we are blind to our own alienation. Ike, Judith, Hawkins, and Royal somehow had the strength to fight their alienation. Where is our strength?” he asks. “They hold lessons for us, these lives lived on the margins.”

Make includes a soundtrack with original compositions from Sufjan Stevens and Marc Bianchi (Her Space Holiday), along with music by Jim Guthrie, Oneida, Tommy Guerrero, and Au Revoir Simone. The film opened June 17th in Manhattan.

Sufjan Stevens – Get Real Get Right by Philip Martin

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