Molly Bernstein's ('96) New Documentary at DOC NYC

November 12, 2015

School of the Arts Film alumna Molly Bernstein’s ('96) new documentary An Art That Nature Makes: The Work of Rosamond Purcell will premiere at DOC NYC on November 14. The film is executive produced by Bernstein’s husband, alumnus Philip Dolin ('94).

The documentary chronicles photographer Rosamond Purcell’s fascination with nature and her use of the natural world as inspiration for her work. Purcell is known for finding objects that are typically not considered beautiful, such as skulls and bones, and transforming them into eerily captivating pieces. She has used a number of natural history collections as jumping-off points for her work. Bernstein describes the film as “offering insight into (Purcell’s) unique way of recontextualizing objects both ordinary and strange into sometimes disturbing but always breathtaking visual studies.”

Bernstein is no stranger to the documentary genre. She’s currently a director, producer and editor at Particle Productions, and has worked on a number of successful documentaries, including the Emmy-winning PBS seriesAmerican Masters. She was the director, producer and editor of Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay, which premiered at the New York Film Festival in 2012 and was selected as one of the 10 Best Films of 2013 by Entertainment Weekly.

An Art That Nature Makes will show at the SVA Theater at 2:15 pm on Saturday, November 14. You can buy tickets for the event here.