Regina B

A short documentary/portrait of the painter Regina Bogat, who at the age of 84 had her first solo show at Zurcher Gallery in New York, of work from the 1960’s. These paintings had only been seen once at her loft party back in the ‘60’s. A part of the 10th Street art scene, Regina was the only woman artist working in the Bowery Studio building with Mark Rothko, James Brooks, Ray Parker and other Abstract Expressionists. A natural raconteur and independently minded painter, a friend of Ad Reinhardt and Eva Hesse, Regina subsequently married the painter Alfred Jensen and has continuously painted throughout her life.

  • Frances Barth
    "End of the Day, En of the Day," "Jonnie in the Lake," "Regina", "Regina B"
  • Frances Barth
    "End of the Day, En of the Day," "Jonnie in the Lake," "Regina", "Regina B"
  • Regina Bogat
    Key Cast
  • Frances Barth
    "Jonnie In The Lake" and "End of the Day, End of the Day"
  • Frances Barth
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Runtime:
    12 minutes 29 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 3, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    2,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    HD digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • New Renaissance Film Festival, March 2018
    March 2, 2018
    World Premiere
    Official Selection; nominated for best International documentary; won Honorable Mention,
  • The New York Short Film Festival, Nov. 2018
    New York
    United States
    November 12, 2018
    North American
    Official Selection
  • The Sunrise Film Festival, Nova Scotia Sept. 2019
    Pictou, Nova Scotia
    September 4, 2019
    Official Selection
  • jellyFEST, semi-finalist
    North Hollywood, CA 91601
    United States
    August 1, 2019
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  • Frances Barth
Director Biography - Frances Barth

Frances Barth was born in the Bronx, New York. She has exhibited her paintings widely in both solo and group exhibitions since the late 1960’s, and her work is represented in numerous public, corporate and private collections.
She showed paintings in the 2015 Venice Biennale at the Palazzo Grimani in "Frontiers Reimagined."

Early in her career, Frances also performed with Yvonne Rainer and Joan Jonas in New York City in live performance and video/film.
Her awards include National Endowment for the Arts grants in 1974 and 1982, a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1977, the Joan Mitchell Foundation grant in 1995, two American Academy of Arts and Letters Purchase awards in ’99 and ’04 and the Anonymous Was a Woman grant in 2006.

For the past fourteen years Frances has also been working with animation and video. “End of the Day, End of the Day” was her first completed animation/video with dialogue (TRT: 09:34) shown as part of the Atlanta Festival of the Moving Image, and in New York City at Sundaram Tagore Gallery. In 2016 she finished a new animation with multiple characters and music called "Jonnie in the Lake," which showed at the New York Short Film Festival where it won Best Animated Short, and also at The Sunrise Film Festival in Nova Scotia where it was nominated for Best Short. Frances completed a different video portrait of the painter Regina Bogat in 2013, which was shown at The Marfa International Film Festival in 2014, and a short B&W film "No No Boy" in 2015 which was shown at SVA in NY.
REGINA B was just finished in 2017 and she is very excited to have completed this new piece on Regina Bogat. It premiered in Amsterdam at The New Renaissance Film Festival where it was nominated for Best International Short Documentary, and is being shown in New York at The New York Short Film Festival November 2018.
She has also completed a screenplay for a film she will begin shooting in 2019 called "Cock Robin."
She is Director Emeritus of the Mt.Royal School of Art, The Maryland Institute.

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Director Statement

I have known Regina Bogat since the 1970's as a painter myself. I have always been moved and impressed by her work, and decided to make this 'portrait' of her. It amazes me that her work was never shown until her late age, and now she is scheduled to have a retrospective in 2019, all because of the belief and devotion of her daughter and two art gallerists from France, Bernard and Gwenolee Zurcher.
Regina was the only female painter in the Bowery studio with all the Abstract Expressionists. In relation to the video, Regina has a charm and ability to talk story that brings to life her spirit and the times.