A Doc for Daniel Chester French
Updated: Jul 4, 2022
The Lincoln Group of the District of Columbia was organized in 1935. The founders were scholars and elected officials who shared a wish to meet regularly in the national capital to study and promote the governing philosophy and perpetuate the legacy of our 16th president.
David J. Kent, current president of The Lincoln Group, recently wrote, "Daniel Chester French, the world-renowned sculptor who created the grand seated Lincoln in the Lincoln Memorial, is finally getting a documentary made about him. Apparently, no one had ever made a documentary of French before, which surprised even Donna Hassler, the executive director of Chesterwood, the western Massachusetts house that was French's long-time studio."
The article entitled Lincoln Memorial Sculptor Daniel Chester French Finally Gets a Documentary by David J.Kent is -in prat- reproduced herein.
And what great timing! The film, which is being produced, written, and directed by Argentinian-American filmmaker Eduardo Montes-Bradley, is scheduled to be completed in time for the 100th anniversary of the Lincoln Memorial occurring in May 2022. The world premiere is expected to be at a southern Berkshire venue (not far from Chesterwood, no doubt) on Memorial Day weekend. Collaborating with Montes-Bradley is scholar Daniel Preston, the two of whom immersed themselves in both Chesterwood (French's summer home for nearly 35 years) and Meadowlark (French's second studio). Preston had edited French's letters, papers, and notes while collaborating with biographer Michael Richman. Montes-Bradley also discussed the project with more recent French biographer and Lincoln Group of DC member, Harold Holzer.