festival program / Documentary Achievement Award

Lifeline: Clyfford Still – MFF + PAMM Screening


This free screening is a collaboration between Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) and Miami Film Festival.

Jackson Pollock said, “he makes the rest of us look academic,” Mark Rothko acknowledged him as a “myth-maker” and Clement Greenberg called him “a highly influential maverick and an independent genius.” Clyfford Still, one of the strongest, most original contributors to abstract expressionism, walked away from the commercial art world at the height of his career.

Extremely disciplined, principled, and prolific, Still left behind a treasure trove of works like no other major artist in history. With a wonderful mosaic of archival material, found footage and audio recorded by the artist himself, Lifeline: Clyfford Still paints a picture of a modern icon, his uncompromising creative journey and the heavy price one pays for independence.

The film features insight from the painter’s surviving daughters; painters Mark Bradford, Julie Mehretu, and Julian Schnabel; award winning architect Brad Cloepfil; Colorado governor John Hickenlooper; and writer Tom Healy, among many others.

This screening takes place at 11:00 am on Saturday, March 14 at Perez Art Museum Miami, 1103 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33132. Admission is free. Doors to the museum open at 10:00 am.

To RSVP for this event, please visit PAMM - Lifeline RSVP.

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Director Bio

Dennis Scholl is a Miami-based award-winning documentary filmmaker. His feature film credits include Deep City: The Birth of the Miami Sound (14), co-directed with Marlon Johnson and Chad Tingle, Sweet Dillard (15), directed by Jim Virga, Queen of Thursdays (16), co-created with Orlando Rojas, Symphony in D (17) and Singular (19), both co-directed with Marlon Johnson, all of which have premiered at Miami Film Festival, and The Last Resort (18), co-directed with Kareem Tabsch.

Cast & Credits

  • Director(s)
    Dennis Scholl
  • Producer(s)
    Konstantia Kontaxis, Dennis Scholl, Marlon Johnson
  • Cinematographer(s)
    Ed Talavera

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