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Story of Famed Painter's Life and Passing Told in Animated Masterpiece 'Loving Vincent' June 1


SUMMIT, NJ - The life and unusual circumstances surrounding the passing of famed painter Vincent Van Gogh will be explored in the Oscar-nominated film "Loving Vincent," while will receive its area premier June 1, beginning at 7:30 p.m., in a screening hosted by the Film Society of Summit.

A post-screening discussion, led by local art historian Janet Mandel, will follow and, prior to the film's showing, New Jersey artist Peter Allen will display his paintings. The exhibit, and the screening, will both take place at MONDO.

Directed by Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman, "Loving Vincent" is the first of its kind, a painted animation film that critics describe as visually dazzling. The film features Saoirse Ronan as Margaret Gachet and Chris O'Dowd as Postman Roulin.

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Using tens of thousands of oil paintings commissioned from scores of artists, the filmmakers transform famous works of modern art into a hypnotic and beguiling story. Each frame of the film is an oil painting, based on or inspired by his paintings. Sixty-five thousand individual frames were painted, with 125 artists working across a production that took six years from beginning to end. The people Van Gogh rendered on canvas - the provincial French functionaries, doctors, barmaids and farmers immortalized on museum walls - are brought to uncanny life, with the voices of professional actors, some of them well known. 

Mandel was a public school teacher for 32 years, the last eighteen of which were at Columbia High School in Maplewood, where she taught English, art history, and World Languages and Cultures. She presents illustrated talks on a variety of art history topics at adult schools, libraries, museums, senior centers, and community centers. The life and works of Vincent van Gogh was one of her recent subjects.

Tickets, priced at $12 in advance and $14 at the door, can be reserved by contacting summitfilm@gmail.com or by purchasing in person at the venue. Seating is limited. For more information, call 973-885-1983 or visit summitfilmsociety.com.

MONDO is located at 426 Springfield Avenue.


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