The documentary I Know a Man ... Ashley Bryan, by Sedgwick, Maine filmmaker Richard Kane and Brooksville political artist Robert Shetterly is said by some to be an antidote to the hatred, racism and division that our country is experiencing today. The film is about this 90+-year-old creative wonder who skips and jumps in his heart like a child.

Born in Harlem and raised in the Bronx, Bryan’s talent was nurtured by artist Romare Bearden. Ashley Bryan was drafted out of college at Cooper Union in New York City into the segregated US army at age 19. He served in an all-Black battalion during World War II and preserved his humanity by drawing, stowing supplies in his gas mask. For the past 53 years he had been living on the remote Cranberry Islands, Maine, and has 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.

He is a poet/illustrator of over 60 celebrated children's books, and makes magical puppets and sea glass windows from found objects inspired by his African heritage. The film explores his world from the time his father “was given the mop and the broom”, (a reference to Gordon Parks' famous photograph American Gothic). In the film he quotes Marian Anderson admonishing “to keep another down you have to hold them down, and therefore cannot … soar to the potential within you.” He spreads beauty through his linocut prints exhorting “Let My People Go.” His life story and the art he makes from this wellspring of experience is an inspiration to people of all ages. Bryan urges us to seek unity over division, peace over war, and love over intolerance and bigotry.

Bryan is the winner of the New York Public Library's Literary Lion, several Coretta Scott King awards, and the Newbery Honor for one of his latest book Freedom Over Me. He died on February 4, 2022 at the age of 98.
This screening follows the Farnsworth Museum’s Community Open House Honoring Ashley Bryan

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 On Sale July 1 

$9/ Adults
$8/ Seniors, Under 12, Matinees, Mondays
$7/ Strand Members

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Show Dates & Times:

7/17/22 - Sunday

2:00 pm,

$9/ Adults
$8/ Seniors, Under 12, Matinees, Mondays
$7/ Strand Members

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