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 long teaser or the short 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.
These small structures are whimsical and far-ranging: a demolished church in the suburbs of Orlando, FL; a long gone train station in Milwaukee, WI; a water tower that still stands on Michigan Avenue in Chicago, IL; Independence Hall in Philadelphia, PA; Ferris wheels, houses, movie theaters, gas stations, bowling alleys, and much more. Made between the 1870s and the 1950s, these structures offer a fascinating glimpse at America's architectural history.
Trying to describe what we experienced during our tour of Steven and Randy's collection, nobody could quite imagine the collection or the amazing environs in which it is displayed. This is what inspired the making of Rendered Small, a short film that shows these delightful structures to an audience that would not otherwise get to see them, while also conveying, in the voices of its collectors, what it’s like to live amongst so many treasures and, as a married couple, with each other’s obsessions.
View Rendered Small at UNC-TV.
January 7, NC Museum of History, History + Highballs virtual screening and discussion.
September 18-20, Decatur Short Docs Film Festival.
August 7-20 with Olympia Stone's Actually, Iconic: Richard Estes as part of Chelsea Theater Selects Streaming Program
December 14, National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.
September 19, Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, Charleston, SC.
July 10, Rendered Small will air as part of a trilogy of films about Hillsborough, NC on UNC-TV at 9:34pm; July 11 at 2:34am; July 11 at 11:34am; and on July 15 at 12:34pm.
April 12, Longwood Center for Visual Arts, Farmville, VA.
March 20 + March 29, Art FIFA, Montreal, Canada.
January 8, NC Modernist Houses Film Series, Alamo Drafthouse Raleigh.
November 10, Glimmerglass Film Days, Cooperstown, NY.
November 3, Superfine DC! Art Fair, LGBT Art Shorts Curated by OUTshine Film Festival.
October 24 at the Gregg Museum of Art, North Carolina State University.
August 17 and 18 at the Macon Film Festival, Macon, GA.
June 6 at the Whitney Humanities Center, Yale University, as part of the New Haven Documentary Festival.
May 11 at the North Carolina Museum of History as part of Longleaf Festival.
April 29 and May 5 at the Indianapolis Museum of Art as part of Indy Fest.