I Know a Man... Ashley Bryan

Wins the Hector Leonardi Arts & Inspiration Award

"The Hector Leonardi Art & Inspiration Award goes to Richard Kane’s I Know a Man..Ashley Bryan that embraces the vibrancy of an artist who whose experimentations in painting, puppetry and illustration expand our spirits and lives. This premiere award is named in honor of Hector Leonardi who has been communicating the joy of painting through art and color for over fifty years."                                                                            Jacqui Lofaro, Founder and Executive Director of the Hamptons Take 2 Documentary Film Festival                                                                                             (December 3, 2017, 12 noon, Bay Street Theater, Sag Harbor, NY)

RECENT REVIEWS:

BOOKLIST -- "exceptional ... handsomely photographed ... What emerges is a vibrant, inspiring, personal portrait of an artist who possesses the desire to help people find the inner child within themselves... Highly recommended."

MAINE TODAY -- "elegantly constructed film ... so intriguing and palpably warm that it's inevitable that a viewer will want to know more.... It's a film that ... is a vibrant, joyous, utterly engaging piece that carries hints of the full, often painful life Bryan has lived.... The film takes the mysterious gifts that the singular Bryan has left and makes something evocative, witty, and thoroughly engaging."    Dennis Perkins

LIBRARY JOURNAL -- "An inspiring look at the healing powers of art, the film will be of interest to art students and general audiences."

AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION -- "The film is ... a wonderful tool to learn about diversity, cultural competency, inclusion and social justice."

SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL -- "Ashley Bryan ... radiates the joy of living completely in the moment.... Students of art
and children’s literature will be inspired by this celebration of the man’s work and life. ...
Highly recommended for public, academic
and school libraries."

ASHLEY BRYAN -- AN ANTIDOTE TO THE HATRED WE ARE EXPERIENCING TODAY

After a year on the road with I Know a Man … Ashley Bryan (Richard Kane and Robert Shetterly, 73 min, 57 min. and 32 min) and with audiences often coming in droves to celebrate this great American artist, we are proud that Ashley Bryan’s legacy will live on both through his books and now through our film.  Our Community Outreach campaign has brought Ashley’s life and art to nearly fifty audiences across the USA, from the American Library Association’s annual conference to the High Museum of Art, from Dartmouth College to the Harlem International Film Festival.   Our campaign has been spreading the word about Ashley Bryan and is engaging people in conversations about art, race, war, wonder, joy and love and how Ashley’s model can be an antidote to the hatred and violence we are experiencing in America today.  Keep an eye on our SCREENINGS page to find out if we visit your town, city or state and CONTACT us if you´d like to invite us for a screening..  

Please take a look at the life and work of this extraordinary 93 year old African American artist whose life story sets the example to bridge the divide between our people. 

This film is a project of the Union of Maine Visual Artists in collaboration with The Ashley Bryan Center.

Featuring the music of Kim and Reggie Harris with Bernice Johnson Reagan

CLICK HERE OR IN THE PICTURE TO WATCH ASHLEY READING FROM "BEAUTIFUL BLACKBIRD" 

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THE ARTIST, by ASHLEY BRYAN

I KNOW A MAN, LIKE A CHILD HE LOVES TO PAINT 

HE CAN PAINT ANYTHING HE SETS HIS HEART TO.

HE KNOWS THAT TO HAVE ANYTHING HE LOVES 

HE CAN HAVE IT FAIR AND FOREVER 

IF HE PAINTS A PICTURE OF IT.

HE KNOWS THAT TO FACE ANYTHING THAT HURTS HE CAN DO IT.

TRANSFORM THE SORROW IF HE PAINTS A PICTURE OF IT.

THIS IS HOW HE LIVES

THIS IS WHAT HE DOES.