Independent Lens: Desert of Forbidden Art on WXXI-TV

Independent Lens: Desert of Forbidden Art on WXXI-TV

Tue, 04/05/2011 - 10:30pm

Igor Savitsky still from INDEPENDENT LENS: Desert of Forbidden Art.

Credit: Courtesy of ITVS

Independent Lens begins its Artist Month celebration with the amazing true story of a man who rescued a priceless art collection from destruction.

The incredible true story of how one man saved a treasure trove of art worth millions of dollars by "hiding" it in a museum in the desert in Uzbekistan. A tireless collector of paintings that the Soviet government wanted destroyed, Igor Savitsky traveled thousands of miles scheming, plotting, pleading, doing whatever it took to get his hands on the art he so passionately wanted to preserve. Written, produced, and directed by Amanda Pope and Tchavdar Georgiev, the award-winning Desert of Forbidden Art premieres on INDEPENDENT LENS on Tuesday, April 5 at 10:30 PM on WXXI-TV (DT21.1/cable 11/cable 1011).

PBS’s award-winning, critically heralded weekly series Independent Lens, hosted by America Ferrera, will feature four art-related programs as part of Artist Month.

From director Tamra Davis comes Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child, the definitive portrait of the New York art world’s enfant terrible. Davis pays homage to her friend in this definitive documentary. Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child will premiere April 12 at 10 p.m. on WXXI-TV (DT21.1/cable 11/cable 1011).

Lucy Walker’s Waste Land, follows Brazilian artist Vik Muniz as he embarks on a new project inspired by trash pickers at the largest landfill on earth on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro. Waste Land is on the short list for this year’s Academy Award® for Best Documentary. The documentary will have its broadcast premiere on Tuesday, April 19 at 10 p.m. on WXXI-TV (DT21.1/cable 11/cable 1011).

As odd and suspenseful as any thriller, Jeff Malmberg’s Marwencol tells the amazing story of Mark Hogancamp. After being brutally beaten outside a bar, Mark was left brain damaged and traumatized. He devises his own brand of art therapy by constructing Marwencol, a miniature World War II-era town in his upstate New York backyard, and weaving complex storylines around his characters. Marwencol premieres on Tuesday, April 26 at 10 p.m. on WXXI-TV (DT21.1/cable 11/cable 1011).