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I Know a Man … Ashley Bryan

1:00 pm - 2:15 pm

Frontier Theater
14 Maine Street, Mill 3 Fort Andross
Brunswick, Maine 04011
United States

Showtime @ Frontier

Sat May 14 | 1pm


General Admission | $10


I Know a Man … Ashley Bryan
Directed by Richard Kane
1hr 13mins
I Know a Man … Ashley Bryan is a story about a 90+ year-old artist who skips and jumps in his heart like a child, yet is a spiritually deep creative genius and poet/illustrator of 60+ children’s books, maker of magical puppets and sea glass windows from found objects inspired by his African heritage. Ashley lived on the remote Cranberry Islands, Maine until his death in 2022. He had been using art his entire life to celebrate joy, mediate the darkness of war and racism, explore the mysteries of faith, and create loving community. His life story and the art he makes from this wellspring of experience is an inspiration to people of all ages.The film opens with Ashley telling a hilarious story from his new book Can’t Scare Me to awestruck children. But soon after the film delves into the horrors he experienced in World War II at D-Day. “When you experience the tremendous carnage,” he asks, “Why does man choose war … that destroys everything you’ve built up? I lived through the time of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and that did it.” The film then explores his world as an African American experiencing racism from early on when his father “was given the mop and the broom”, a reference to the 1943 Gordon Parks photograph. He quotes Marian Anderson admonishing “to keep another down you have to hold them down, and therefore cannot rise and soar to the potential within you.” He takes comfort in and spreads beauty through the spiritual content of his art – his linocut prints exhorting “Let My People Go” and his beautiful sea glass windows of the Evangelists Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. So we begin to see his art as his way of spreading joy and peace in a less than perfect world.
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