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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.

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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.

November 2, 2007 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
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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.

February 1, 2008 | Full Review…
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