Filmed entirely in France and the Netherlands, Van Gogh:Brush with Genius captures the breathtaking landscapesand extraordinary colors of the painter’s most famousworks. The film traces the artist’s career from the time ofhis first paintings when he was 27 through the masterpieceshe created before he died at age 37.
Created by Peter Knappand Francois Bertrand, withthe cooperation of the VanGogh Museum, Museed’Orsay, and Kroller-MullerMuseum, the film is seenthrough the artist’s eyes andis based on more than 900personal letters. Photographyof the landscapes thatinspired some of his bestworks helps re-create Van Gogh’s life on the giant screen.
Distributed by MacGillivray Freeman Films
Environmental Film Festival
Wed., March 11—Sun., March 22
The 17th annual Environmental Film Festival focuses on thechallenges to our planet’s oceans and sea life. During thefestival, more than 100 documentary, feature, animated,archival, and children’s films are selected and screened toprovide fresh perspectives on environmental issues aroundthe world. A history of Appalachia’s mountains and people,global warming, healthy food and clean drinking water,recycling, and green architecture are among the topics tobe examined.
This year, The Smithsonian Associates contributes to thefestival by presenting new IMAX screenings, which include aspecial guest appearance by Philippe Cousteau. Watch formore details in the February Associate.
Festival film screenings—many of which are free—takeplace in venues throughout Washington, D.C., and featurediscussions with filmmakers, scientists, and environmentalexperts.