Film Review: The Making of an Artist

MAKE (on DVD; Asthmatic Kitty)


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Disability doesn’t preclude exceptional creativity, the eye-opening documentary Make shows. Four self-taught artists with various life-altering conditions—Down syndrome, schizophrenia, blindness, and psychological problems—channel their visions with pure purpose and no pretense. Therapists, art experts, and the artists themselves help place their work in proper perspective; it is no less than singular and amazing. The film moved singer-songwriter Sufjan Stevens to create an album, The Age of Adz, and other viewers may be similarly inspired to unleash their creative spirits.


cover-167-thumbHave something to say? Send a letter to This article first appeared in the September-October 2011 issue of Utne Reader.