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Big Ladies of Shanghai | Joy Brown by Eduardo Montes-Bradley

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Joy Brown by Eduardo Montes-Bradley delves into the life and work of an American sculptor with deep roots in the ancient traditions of China and Japan.

 

From her home-studio in Connecticut, Joy reflects on early influences in the East and the experiences of her missionary parents and grandparents in China and Japan. Raised between these two cultures, Joy incorporates their elements into her art, creating powerful pieces that mirror human nature in bas-reliefs, panels, murals, and statues made in clay and bronze.

 

Over three years, Montes-Bradley integrates himself into Joy's creative process, capturing the collaborative spirit around her kiln in Kent, Connecticut. The film features voices of Joy's closest collaborators and journeys to the mountains of Wakayama, revealing Joy’s master, Shige Morioka, at work. It also follows Joy to a studio near Shanghai, where her monumental bronze sculptures are brought to life by a dedicated team of artisans.

 

Joy Brown offers a portrait of an artist with a passion for simplified human forms and a humanized vision of nature, set for festival circuit submissions this Fall.

 

Joy Brown is made possible with a significant contribution from David & Ashley MATTHEWS Elizabeth GILMORE and Dale McDONALD made in collaboration with Joy BROWN Paul CHALEFF Shige MORIOKA Genki NAGATA Jimmy GRIFFIN Tomomi ODAJIMA Ellen Marsh BECKER Heidi M. LLOYD Margaret MOORHEAD Norma GRIER Christine OWEN Bruce HOGAN Naoko OJIO Deb LECCE Bill FISHER Michael WARD Hisako AKASHI Ricki KAWABATA and Hashimoto TAE executive producers Joy BROWN + Soledad LIENDO development producer Jeffrey PLANK written and directed by Eduardo MONTES-BRADLEY

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