Experiencing Interruptions?


Atmospheres is filmmaker Dale Schierholt’s portrait of artist Eric Hopkins. Hopkins, who grew up in MidCoast Maine, began his artistic journey at the Rhode Island School of Design and an early apprenticeship with the renowned glass artist Dale Chihuly. In the eighties he landed back home on the Island of North Haven where he established himself as an original artistic voice in the celebrated MidCoast Maine art scene.
Atmospheres follows Hopkins as he uses his art to explore and express his passion for the natural world, in particular the sky. Influenced by the American space program of the sixties and seventies, Eric has been studying the sky and “collecting clouds” with the goal of interpreting those atmospheres through painting, relief sculptures and glass.
More than a story about art and the artistic process, the film captures the “atmosphere” of being with a man who follows his passions without allowing life’s tragedies to stop him from choosing happiness and focusing on the positive the world has to offer.

  • Dale W Schierholt
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  • Dale Schierholt, Mary Ann Schierholt
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    1 hour 11 minutes 19 seconds
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    September 1, 2019
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    75,000 USD
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    United States
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    United States
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Director Biography - Dale W Schierholt

A documentary filmmaker known for his intimate film portraits of visual artists. Over the course of twenty plus films, Schierholt’s subjects have included such renowned artists as Louise Nevelson, Robert Indiana, Will Barnet, Tony DeLap and Ai Weiwei. A graduate of Miami University with a BA in Fine Arts, Schierholt’s film work has been commissioned by institutions across the US. In addition, he is a frequent lecturer at Universities and Arts Institutions. He has worked with organizations such as The National Academy of Design in Manhattan, Princeton University, The Art Students League of New York and The Asia Society in Hong Kong. His films have screened at festivals and arts venues around the world and on PBS affiliates from New York to California. More at DaleSchierholt.com.

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