37th Annual VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL Oct 30-Nov 3, 2024

37th Annual VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL October 30-November 3, 2024

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Thomas Piper


Thomas Piper is an award-winning filmmaker specialized in documenting contemporary artists and designers. He has directed, photographed and/or edited more than 25 films on painters, sculptors, photographers, architects, and writers.  His most recent film, Five Seasons: The Gardens of Piet Oudolf, won the 2018 Polly Krakora Award for Artistry in Film from the DC Environmental Film Festival, and was in global theatrical release through the pandemic. His film Ellsworth Kelly: Fragments, won Best Film for Television at the 2008 International Festival of Films on Art (FIFA) in Montreal.  Other subjects have included the artists Julie Mehretu, Martin Puryear, Sol Lewitt, Kiki Smith, Alex Katz and Vija Celmins; the writer James Salter; the art historian Vincent Scully; the architects Peter Eisenman, Steven Holl, Jean Nouvel and Thom Mayne; and films on the MacArthur “genius” fellows Jeanne Gang, and Elizabeth Diller and Ric Scofidio.

Film: We Start With the Things We Find