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The Windmill Movie

What if someone wrote your autobiography? Would it be true? What if someone took the images of your life and made a film? Culling from a 200-hour trove of footage, filmmaker Alexander Olch has cleverly invented an autobiography-by-proxy of his mentor, legendary documentary and experimental filmmaker Richard P. Rogers. The result is a deeply imaginative essay film constructed of sun-dappled Hamptons lawn parties, plane rides to exotic locales, stunningly raw moments with Rogers' domineering mink-coated mother, and new footage with Rogers' childhood friend Wallace Shawn. Harvard-educated, born to privilege in NYC, Rogers was a tortured soul torn between the narrow patrician loyalties of his upbringing and a desire for artistic achievement on his own, unmitigated terms. Though Rogers did complete many remarkable works in his career, his untimely death at age 57 put an end to his magnum opus: an autobiographical project he had worked on for 25 years. The Windmill Movie is the tragic and profound story of a gifted artist.
 
Release Date:June 17, 2009
Genres:Independent, Documentary
Directed By:Alexander Olch
Produced By:Susan Meiselas, David Grubin
Starring:Richard P. Rogers, Wallace Shawn, Bob Balaban, Susan Meiselas
Written By:Alexander Olch
Distributed By:Zeitgeist Films
Running Time:80 minutes
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Language:English
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