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All the Possibilities...

Reflections on a Painting by Vernon Pratt

A Documentary in Four Movements 


Co-Directed by Marsha Gordon + Louis Cherry

Edited by Kevin Wells.

Title design and animation by Robin Vuchnich.

Music composed and performed by Rich Holly.

Streaming via NC PBS.

Check out our TEASER.

This 16-minute documentary explores Durham-NC based artist Vernon Pratt’s most ambitious painting, ALL THE POSSIBILITIES OF FILLING IN SIXTEENTHS (65,536), which the artist completed between 1980 and 1982.  ALL THE POSSIBILITIES OF FILLING IN SIXTEENTHS was exhibited for the first time in 2018 at the Gregg Museum of Art & Design at North Carolina State University, where all 256 panels consisting of 65,536 painted squares were hung floor to ceiling on three walls in a single gallery space.


All the Possibilities… gives viewers a unique experience of Pratt’s mesmerizing and massive work of art from the level of the smallest square to the painting as a whole, including interviews with Gregg Museum of Art Director Roger Manley; Director Emeritus of the North Carolina Museum of Art, Larry Wheeler; director of the Vernon Pratt Project, William Dodge; NCSU Mathematician Radmila Sazdanovic; retired North Carolina Museum of Art curator Huston Paschal; and writer Georgeann Eubanks.


With a percussive score drawn from a longer work composed specifically for the Gregg Museum’s exhibition by Rich Holly, Arts NC State’s Executive Director, All the Possibilities immerses viewers in Pratt’s world of systematic abstraction, a symphony in black and white.

You can keep up with the project on Facebook.

Download a poster.

Read Susan Morris's take in the Design Observer.

Read Larry Wheeler's take in his arts column for Walter Magazine.

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All the Possibilities... aired on PBS NC in June 2022 and is available as part of the "Creative Obsessions" program and on its own


April 19-23, Ethnografilm Festival, Paris


April 8, 4pm EST, Gregg Museum of Art Screening

       + Discussion

October 12-16, SENE Film, Music, and Art Festival

October 14-17, Film Fest Tucson

November 1-6, DOCUTAH

November 9-14, Napa Valley Film Festival.


Feb 9 + 11, San Francisco Indie Fest

                   AWARDED: Jury Prize, Best Doc Short

Feb 20, Art, Architecture, and Design Film Festival,

             Palm Springs

March, River Run International Film Festival

May,  Longleaf Film Festival

                   AWARDED: Jury Prize, Best Doc Short

June, Sheffield Doc Fest (European Premiere)

June,  Master of Art Film Festival (Bulgaria)

July 28, University Film and Video Association 

                 AWARDED Documentary Short Silver Award

July 28-Aug 1, Sonoma International Film Festival

August 13-22, Indy Film Fest

August 22, New Haven Doc Fest

August 25-27Tarheel Shorties

September 25-Oct 4, Crested Butte Film Festival

October 8-11, Best of Shorts Film Festival, La Ciotat

October 9-17, Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival

November 4-16, Lake County Film Festival

November 11-19, DOC NYC

November 9-15, Tacoma Film Festival

December 3-7, Hamptons Doc Fest

December 18, Asheville Art Museum


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