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Jonathan Green's Seeking
A Documentary by Charles Allan Smith

An insightful documentary DVD of the collaboration behind a complex piece of African American art

Winner of the 2008 ETV Southern Lens Broadcast Award, Jonathan Green's Seeking is a moving film by critically acclaimed filmmaker Charles Allan Smith. It documents artist Jonathan Green and celebrates his unique vision of the struggle of Africans in the colonial and antebellum South prior to emancipation. He brings to life on canvas the African American ritual of seeking, creating and adapting lyrical brush strokes to display the restless tension in each image. Pulling from his own memories as a young man, Green journeys back through his ancestry to paint Seeking and honors the African American slaves that lived, died, and were buried at Clermont Cemetery on the grounds of Mepkin Abbey in South Carolina.

A 2008 Charleston International Film Festival official selection, Jonathan Green's Seeking invites the audience to experience the American South through a visual and aural medium, suggesting that art cannot be confined to a page or canvas. Filled with the spiritual sounds of famed singer Marlena Smalls, Jonathan Green's Seeking commemorates the invaluable artistic contributions and sacrifices that African Americans made throughout American history. Approximately 30 minutes in length, this documentary explores the influence of historical art upon contemporary society through Green's Seeking.



Jonathan Green's Seeking


ISBN 978-1-61117-155-6
DVD, $25.00s

Distributed for
EarthBeat Productions
Winner 2008 ETV Southern Lens
Broadcast Award


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