I Know a Man... Ashley Bryan

RECENT REVIEWS:

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."

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

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."

CHANGING THE CONVERSATION ABOUT ART AND RACE

After very successful premieres at the Maine and Camden International Film Festivals, we are announcing the launch of a Community Outreach campaign throughout 2017 to introduce our film I Know a Man... Ashley Bryan (Richard Kane and Robert Shetterly, 73 min.) to film festivals, schools, organizations, and the general public across the United States.  The campaign seeks to spread the word about Ashley Bryan and to engage individuals in changing the conversation about race in America to one based on love and art.  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.