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TRUTH TELLERS: Artist Robert Shetterly’s Journey to Uphold Our Founding Ideals

March 16, 2022 @ 7:00 pm 8:30 pm


A special virtual screening and conversation with Artist and Activist Robert Shetterly about the new documentary, TRUTH TELLERS, a film that delves into the lives of courageous Americans fighting for social, environmental and economic justice. Shetterly has painted 255 portraits of Americans, past and present, who had the moral courage to confront the pressing issues of their time. Shetterly’s art and activism is a history lesson in what it means to be a citizen of our democracy.

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About the Artist:
American Contemporary Artist and Activist Robert Shetterly has painted 255 portraits of Americans, past and present, who had the moral courage to confront issues of social, environmental and economic justice. The project began in response to the government’s actions following the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center in New York. To deal with his grief and anger, the artist began painting people who inspired him. The series, Americans Who Tell the Truth, has been exhibited throughout the United States for almost two decades. TRUTH TELLERS is both a story of Shetterly’s art and activism and a history lesson in what it means to be a citizen of a democracy. The film features Bayard Rustin, Bill McKibben, Kelsey Juliana, Rev. Lennox Yearwood, Sherri Mitchell, Maulian Dana, Bill Bigelow, Zyahna Bryant, Bree Newsome Bass, Fannie Lou Hammer, John Lewis, Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., Reggie Harris, among others.

“[Shetterly] is an invaluable chronicler of 21st century America.”

– Bill Moyers

About the Director, Producer and Cinematographer:
Richard Kane, is an independent director whose work is focused on the intersection of art and contemporary American life.
Previous film releases include, J. Fred Woell: An American Vision, I Know a Man… Ashley Bryan, Imber’s Left Hand, and 15 others, all part of the Maine Masters collection, a New England Emmy-nominated series of portraits that airs on public television. With partner Melody Lewis-Kane, their company, Kane-Lewis Productions, has worked for National Geographic, The Discovery Channel, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the White House Office of Technology Policy among many others. Kane-Lewis produced the Natural Resources Council of
Maine’s 50th anniversary film Protecting the Nature of Maine, an indie doc ROCK SOLID: The Schoodic International Sculpture Symposium and the classic award-winning documentary M.C. Richards: The Fire Within. From 2007-2016 Richard served as chair of the Maine Film & Video Association.

About the Writer:
Judith Dwan Hallet is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, former Senior Producer/Writer at National Geographic, who has been making films for 50 years, and received many distinguished awards including Woman of Vision Creative Excellence Award from Women in Film and Video in Washington DC and an Emmy from The National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in recognition for her significant contributions to the broadcast industry. Additional cinematography was provided by veteran Bob Elsfrom, who has shot and directed documentaries for half a century and won multiple Emmys and Academy Award nominations. His resume includes the likes of PBS, Frontline and National Geographic and a feature film with Brian De Palma and Robert De Niro.

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