An art star, dandy, instigator and a radical artistic visionary, James McNeill Whistler (1834–1903) introduced ideas and art forms that were avant-garde for their time. A new documentary by award-winning filmmaker Karen Thomas, James McNeill Whistler & The Case for Beauty, for the first time examines the life of the man and the course of his career. Two Academy Award winning actors lead this journey: Kevin Kline provides the voice of Whistler, and Anjelica Huston is the film’s narrator.
PREMIERED FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2014 (check local listings)
James McNeill Whistler & The Case for Beauty is produced by Film Odyssey, Inc., Washington, DC in association with the Freer Gallery of Art, 1-A Productions, Glasgow, and WETA, Washington DC.
Major funding for James McNeill Whistler & the Case for Beauty was made possible by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Additional funding was made possible by the Lunder Foundation, the Annenberg Foundation, the Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and by the DC Council on the Arts and Humanities, Humanities Council of Washington DC, Maryland Humanities Council, and public television viewers.