Rendered Small is a fifteen minute documentary directed by Marsha Gordon + Louis Cherry about the private collection of American folk art buildings that have been meticulously curated and displayed by Steven Burke and Randy Campbell in their home in Hillsborough, North Carolina.
Check out the teaser for the film; the 2014 New York Times profile of the collection; the Raleigh News and Observer story about the collection and Rendered Small; our interview about the documentary on WUNC's The State of Things; NCSU's News Story about the making of the documentary; and the American Folk Art Buildings website.
This experimental 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 at North Carolina State University , where all 256 panels were hung floor to ceiling on three walls in a single gallery space.
Co-directed by Louis Cherry + Marsha Gordon
Photography, Louis Cherry
Music + Archival Research, Marsha Gordon
Trying to find comfort and inspiration during the difficult spring of 2020, we turned the camera on a pair of robins nesting in the bamboo in our back yard. Observing the way the robins work tirelessly to usher their offspring from egg to helpless chicks and then out of the nest and into the world, we were reminded of the ways that nature keeps going despite so many obstacles. This documentary meditation will be accompanied by narration drawn from historical American newspaper stories about robins from the 1870s to the 1950s, ambient sound, and a soundscape performed on the Roland Phantom-S. Currently editing.