Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Forsythe Flows At F3!

Charles and I would like to thank Walter Chalkley and all those who helped make this year's Frederick Film Festival (F3) such a fun experience. Having the opportunity to premiere The Flow Of Forsythe as an official selection was fantastic. And screening the film at the historic Weinberg Center was certainly icing on the cake. F3 is a wonderful event held in an historic town that I can't say enough positive things about.

I'm very pleased with feedback from viewers. It seems the film captured their attention and they enjoyed seeing and hearing Charles discuss his world. His moments of time, of which have spanned over the last eight decades.

Both Charles and I have enjoyed the entire run of our project. We had a great time talking, being creative, and living in the moment during the six months of getting together on a near weekly basis. Not only did we create a film that we are both proud of, but also a formed a fast friendship that will continue.


Film festival 'an eclectic mix'
Originally published June 25, 2012
News-Post Staff

Film festival 'an eclectic mix'

Photo by Bill Green

Artist Charles Forsyth was the subject of one of the films shown at the fourth annual Frederick Film Festival, which concluded Sunday.

Movie buffs with a taste for independent films not available at their local megaplex theater got their fill over the weekend at the Weinberg Center and the Cultural Arts Center.

The fourth annual Frederick Film Festival came to a close Sunday, wrapping up a weekend during which attendees had a choice of 13 films and a number of short pieces from around the world.

Some came for just one film, while others came for a whole day or more of screenings, organizer Walter Chalkley said. "We've had a great, great crowd of very enthusiastic film aficionados," Chalkley said.

Many of the films shown were the work of local filmmakers, including Sunday's last film, "The Flow of Forsythe," a 30-minute documentary by Keith Chester.
The film explores the life and work of Frederick County artist Charles Forsythe, a former Hood College art instructor and department chair whose untitled abstract oil paintings invite viewers to develop their own interpretations.

Forsythe said Chester approached him about making the documentary after the two were introduced by Forsythe's daughter, who met the filmmaker while the two were students at Gov. Thomas Johnson High School. The two struck up a friendship after learning they shared a mutual interest in the work of filmmaker David Lynch."What he's produced is a work of art," Forsythe said. "I'm more or less just a stage prop. It was a really interesting experience."

Frederick cinematographer/ director Hans Weise was on hand Sunday for the screening of his 25-minute documentary "Final Exposure." The film follows renowned National Geographic photographer Steve McCurry -- famous for his photo of Afghan refugee girl Sharbat Gula that appeared on the magazine's cover in 1985 -- as he shoots photos on the last roll of Kodak's Kodachrome film in existence.

"We had heard that Steve had asked them to shoot the last roll, and we thought it would be the perfect opportunity to make a film to document this moment in history," Weise said. "It reminds you in general how different it is in this age of digital. It's inconceivable now to think that you would have to shoot a roll of film and then send it halfway around the world and wait for it to be developed before you can even look at it."

Chalkley said two other locally produced films did well at the festival, including Jason Fraley's 18-minute "Liberty Road," which is set in Frederick County and tells the story of a young man who takes drastic action when he loses his job as a waiter at a seafood restaurant after an oil spill devastates the area fishing industry.
"Record Paradise: The Musical Life of Joe Lee," which documents the life of the legendary Silver Spring record store owner, producer and manager, was the top drawing film of the festival, bringing in people from throughout the metropolitan area, Chalkley said.

Steve Barney and Sally Alt, who came to see "The Flow of Forsythe," said they have seen at least one film at the festival for the past three years since moving to Frederick. The two hail from Austin, Texas, home of the prestigious South by Southwest film and music festival. They said they would like to see a similar level of enthusiasm develop for the Frederick Film Festival.

"It's likely that many of these same films would screen to packed houses at South by Southwest," Barney said. "I love film, and it's frustrates me that more folks don't attend the festival."
Mount Airy resident Bri Pope said she first heard about the festival on Friday, and after seeing a few films over the weekend, she said she plans on being a regular in the future.

"It was great," Pope said. "There was a very eclectic mix. It's great to see local filmmakers get together and really showcase this area. It's really hard to find local, as well as indpendent films here. It's really important for places like this, the Weinberg as well as other places in the area, to get involved with this."

Chalkley said interest in the festival, as well as in independent films in general, has been growing slowly but steadily in the area.

"We certainly hope to continue growing," he said. "The people who have come and been very enthusiastic have been asking "why isn't this sold out?'"

Frederick News Post Online


In closing, I'd like to quote Charles, who let's us know, What's next?:

"One of the things I've discovered about myself is that if I talk too much about what I'm going to do, that's usually it. In other words, simply talk. And it never happens. So, we'll know when I get started what the next project is."

Monday, June 18, 2012

Frederick Film Festival(F3) 2012

Hey film lovers! For those of you living in and around Frederick, Maryland something is on the way. Beginning this weekend (Friday, June 22 through Sunday, June 24), if you are interested in doing something fun and different, stop by and check out the Frederick Film, Festival (F3). I'm really excited that
The Flow Of Forsythe is an official selection of the festival and will be screened amongst a fantastic group of films from around the world.

Word Is Spreading!:, Maryland Community News Online

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

"The Flow Of Forsythe" Screens At The Delaplaine


Saturday, June 17, 2012 from 2-4pm

The Pavilion at the Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center in Frederick

"As prelude to the 2012 Frederick Film Festival (F3), the festival is hosting a screening of the documentary “The Flow of Forsythe” which follows the life and career of Frederick abstract artist Charles Eugene Forsythe. The screening will take place at the Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center on Sunday, June 17 from 2-4pm. The artist will be on hand to talk to visitors and a collection of his artwork will be on display.

"Forsythe is a life-long artist whose career spans back to the 1950s when he came on the scene as an abstract painter. Beginning in 1959 Forsythe also began navigating his path in the academic world, eventually becoming assistant principal for what is now known as the Corcoran College of Art + Design in Washington, DC.

"The film follows the narrative of Forsythe’s life through the use of his own words as he describes his ideas, life experiences, and philosophy of art all while weaving in stories of his fascinating life.
Also on hand for this special Frederick Film Festival event is the director of the film, Maryland filmmaker Keith Chester. Chester is no stranger to Frederick, one of his previous films, “The Skeptics: In a World of Their Own” followed the path of Frederick’s The Skeptics, a rock band in the 1980 who gained national and international notice before breaking up.

"This screening of “The Flow of Forsythe” is one of several pre-festival events the F3 has hosted to bring awareness of the Festival but also the role of film in the appreciation of other art forms.
Other events and all the movies are listed on the Festival’s website at

"The Frederick Film Festival –the F3 – is a result of a partnership between Frederick’s premiere performing arts venue, the Weinberg Center for the Arts, and Frederick’s film organization CinemArts, who have been bringing under screened, independent, and foreign film to Frederick on a biweekly basis for nearly 7 years. The purpose of the partnership is to provide an opportunity for a world-class film festival in Frederick and to promote a wide range of films. Films on the schedule include acclaimed foreign films, documentaries and independent films, most being shown for the first time in Frederick, some for the first time in the region, and some for the first time on the East Coast. The F3 also features works from Maryland filmmakers."
Posted by The Frederick Film Festival


I found Keith Chester’s short documentary, The Flow Of Forsythe, about fine artist, Charles Forsythe, to be an insightful visual meditation. The documentary has a very David Lynch type feel to it, which suits Forsythe’s approach to life and art. Keith is able to capture a brief look into an artist’s soul while doing it in a way that complimented Forsythe’s style and approach to his art. He talks about his struggles and his relentless quest in finding how to express himself artistically and how it constantly changes and evolved as he matures. The documentary sticks with you long after viewing it. Having been fortunate to be a former student of Mr. Forsythe, I am simply overjoyed Keith had the insight and fortitude to create a documentary about a man who is a very important to many who have met and come into contact with or even lucky enough to have had the fortune of being taught by him.
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For those new to my Blog, I first met Charles in the summer of 2009. I had sent him a spontaneous email. At the time, I was editing The Skeptics In A World Of Their Own (Also see earlier postings in this Blog) and Charles’s daughter, Mina, was one of the fans I interviewed for documentary. Communicating with Mina, I discovered her father was an artist and had posted pictures of his latest work in Gallery 1 and Gallery 2 of his Face Book page.

One evening I decided to take a few extra moments and check out Charles’s work. I was immediately drawn to his paintings. I found them very inspiring. Over the next several months, we kept in contact. It was during this time I became more enthusiastic about Charles's work and asked if he was game about letting me make a film about him and his life with art. Skeptical, but curious, Charles eventually agreed to give me a chance.

Beginning in October, 2010, Charles and I began our journey, getting together nearly once a week. Six months later, I had completed shooting and began editing. I approached my project as if I was painting. Each time we got together, I shot a couple scenes ( what I was calling colors) and added them to my palette. After accumulating all my colors, I began blending them, of which resulted in The Flow Of Forsythe.

I hope you enjoy the documentary and both Charles and I look forward to meeting everyone who comes out for the show.

The Flow Of Forsythe is an official selection of the 2012 Frederick Film Festival (F3) and will screen again at The Weinberg Center For The Arts on Sunday, June 24, 2012, at 4:00 P.M.