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Tierney Gearon: The Mother Project (2007)





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Filmmakers Peter Sutherland and Jack Youngelson profile controversial photographer Tierney Gearon in a documentary that traces the acclaimed shutterbug's personal development and highly publicized run in with London police -- who deemed her 2001 exhibition at a London's Saatchi Gallery pornographic. When Gearon was just a young adolescent, her mother began to experience troubling psychological problems that eventually shattered their entire family. Years later, as the artist's own marriage began to fail, Gearon immersed herself in film as a means of documenting her family and embarking on an inward journey of self-examination. Whether her portraits were of her two young children or her elderly mother, the photographer consistently claims that every picture she takes is a self-portrait. In 2001, authorities accused Gearon of child pornography upon discovering that her Saatchi Gallery exhibition contained nude pictures of her children, and as a result Gearon began to doubt her abilities as a parent as she increasingly turned her lens on her own mother.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Musical & Performing Arts, Special Interest
Directed By: ,
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On DVD: Sep 25, 2007
Zeitgeist Films

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All Critics (2) | Top Critics (1)

Part of the fascination of Tierney Gearon: The Mother Project is that the documentary is so firmly planted at the intersection of -- maybe that should be collision between -- artistic self-involvement and family.

Full Review… | November 2, 2007
Boston Globe
Top Critic

A beautiful, emotionally complex, and intellectually layered film...If there's another film that investigates a single artist more compellingly, I've yet to see it.

Full Review… | February 1, 2008

Audience Reviews for Tierney Gearon: The Mother Project

If you love photography and documentary film (like me) The Mother Project is like a total dream come true. With the combination of this film and Gearon's photographs we get to see deep inside the mind of an artist and the influence of her emotionally troubled family. Unprecedented.

Kate I.
Kate Imbach

This is a touching and honest portrayal about an imperfect, often disturbing family, and the artistic genius at the center of it, Tierney Gearon. She is an extremely gifted, albeit troubled, photographer. Having grown up with a mentally ill mother and an absent father, she has used art as a way to portray her inner self through her family- her mother and her children. There are times when you have to question some of her choices as a parent, but never as an artist. Very intriguing for creative minds, especially photographers:)

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