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Seeing into Being: The Scrap Iron Art of Charlie Grimsley



South Carolina filmmaker Stan Woodward and folklorist John Burrison make an unexpected discovery along a back road in Georgia. During the drive to Atlanta, GA, from a shoot at the Brunswick Stewbilee in Brunswick, GA, Woodward and Burrison passed an humble house well back from the road that would have gone unnoticed had it not been for a four-story tall mobile sculpture visible over the trees with a 30-foot metallic fish rotating in a circular motion high in the air trying to get away from a 40-foot metallic canoe with a fisherman aboard, raring back on his fishing pole. At Burrison's request, the car was turned around and when the day was done, one of the most unusual and spontaneously-shot records of the work of a self-trained artist and "visionary" was "in the can."

Without the filmmaker receiving a "Creativity in Folklife" grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, allowing him the time to edit works from his extensive folklife video archive, this work would have remain unedited and unseen. To purchase a copy of this film or one of Stan's many other programs about Southern folkways and food, go to the www.stanwoodward.com.

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