Free Film Series at the Clark Ends with the Documentaries Brother’s Keeper and Capturing the Friedmans on August 27

For Immediate Release

August 17, 2006

Escape the August heat and relax in the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute’s air-conditioned auditorium for a free screening of films with the theme of brotherhood. “Brother to Brother: Sunday Afternoon Double Features at the Clark,” related to this summer’s special exhibition The Clark Brothers Collect: Impressionist and Early Modern Paintings, explores the tangled fraternal relationship in films that range from the comic to the tragic, from classic to contemporary, from fiction to fact. The series concludes on Sunday, August 27 with the theme of “Brothers Documented” featuring Brother's Keeper at 1:30 pm and Capturing the Friedmans at 4 pm. Both films are unrated but may not be appropriate for children.

The award-winning documentary Brother’s Keeper (1992, 104 minutes), directed by Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky, follows the 1990 trial of the Ward brothers of upstate New York. The semi-literate, isolated farming brothers, who were termed “outcasts” by the townspeople of Munnsville, NY, are thrown into the spotlight when Delbert Ward is accused of murdering his ailing brother William. The townspeople, fearing the elderly brothers are being taken advantage of by police and investigators, rally around them in support in a heroic display of the power of community.

Capturing the Friedmans (2003, 108 minutes) follows the Friedman family of Great Neck, NY, a seemingly normal household turned upside-down when the father and one of the sons are accused of child abuse. Through extensive home movies and footage shot by director Andrew Jarecki, the community’s reaction, family disintegration, police investigation, and ultimately the outcome of the trial, create a captivating, provocative film.

Featuring over 70 paintings, The Clark Brothers Collect: Impressionist and Early Modern Paintings is the first exhibition to unite the masterpieces collected by Sterling – works by Renoir, Monet, Degas, Homer and Sargent, and more – with those collected by his brother Stephen, including paintings by Cézanne, Hopper, Van Gogh, Matisse and Picasso. The exhibition examines the brothers’ collecting and how they helped to define the changing taste for Impressionist and Early Modern art in the first half of the 20th century. The Clark Brothers Collect is on view through Monday, September 4.

The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. The galleries are open daily from 10 am to 5 pm (closed Mondays September 5 through June). Admission June 1 through October 31 is $10 for adults, free for children 18 and younger, members, and students with valid ID. Admission is free November through May. For more information, call 413-458-2303 or visit www.clarkart.edu.

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