Clark to Screen O Brother Where Art Thou? in Connection with American Roots Concert Series

For Immediate Release

October 15, 2001

The Clark Art Institute will screen the film O Brother, Where Art Thou? on Friday, October 26, at 7:00 p.m. The film stars George Clooney, who won a Golden Globe for his role as Ulysses Everett McGill, John Turturro, Tim Blake Nelson, Holly Hunter, and John Goodman. The critically acclaimed comedy by Joel and Ethan Coen the features "old timey" American country music celebrated in the Clark's music series, "American Roots." Norman Blake, who will perform at the Clark on November 3, is among the musicians featured on the movie's soundtrack. Admission to the film is free.

O Brother, Where Art Thou? is loosely based on Homer's epic poem The Odyssey, is set in Mississippi in the 1930s. In the film three prisoners, played by Clooney, Turturro, and Nelson, escape and travel across the South, having wild adventures and meeting a bizarre cast of characters along the way. The film is rated PG-13 for some violence and language. 

The "American Roots" series features traditional music of the rural South. The series opened with a sold-out performance by the legendary Doc Watson and continues on Saturday, November 3, at 8:00 p.m., with guitarist Norman Blake. On January 19, Jay Ungar and Molly Mason will perform. Stacy Earle and Mark Stuart will give a concert on February 2. BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet will close out the series on February 22. Tickets to each concert are $20 ($18 for members and students).

The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts.  The galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission is free through May.  For more information call 413-458-2303 or visit

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