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Noted Outsider Artist Featured in Documentary
World Premiere at Slamdance Film Festival

January 4, 2006

San Francisco Bay Area artist, Judith Scott, who achieved worldwide recognition for her colorful fiber sculptures after spending most of her life institiutionalized is the subject of a new 30 minute documentary to be featured at the Slamdance Film Festival held in Park City Utah January 19-27, 2006. soma online pharmacy topamax online without prescription buy maxalt online without prescription buy ativan online without prescription buy provigil no prescription

The film, entitled, Outsider: The Life and Art of Judith Scott was produced and directed by San Francisco filmmaker Betsy Bayha. It tells the story of Judith Scott’s unlikely emergence as an artist of international acclaim after being institutionalized from the age of 7 until she was 42 years old, because she had Down syndrome and was deaf.

After 35 years of institutional life, Judith’s twin sister, Joyce regained custody of her and brought her to the Bay Area where Judith began to take classes at Creative Growth Art Center in downtown Oakland, the country’s oldest and largest community-based arts program for people with developmental disabilities. At Creative Growth, Judith spontaneously developed a technique of tightly wrapping found objects with brightly colored yarn creating large, abstract body-like sculptures. Her work began to draw the interest of collectors and a book was written about her work.

“Judith Scott’s story challenges many of our society’s notions – about human worth, human ability and human potential,” said Bayha, “Through her story and her art we learn that people are capable of achieving astonishing success – if they have the opportunity to express themselves in a way that is appropriate and right for them.”

Outsider: The Life and Art of Judith Scott is one of 9 short documentaries in competition selected for screening this year in Park City Utah at the Slamdance Film Festival. More than 3,000 films were submitted for consideration and 83 were selected overall. Slamdance runs from January 19-27 concurrent with the more established Sundance Film Festival, also taking place in Park City, and has emerged in recent years as an important venue for premiering documentaries of note.

Outsider: The Life and Art of Judith Scott will be screening at the Treasure Mountain Inn, 255 Main Street in Park City.  The first of two screenings is Saturday, January 21 at 5 PM. The second screening will be Wednesday, January 25 at 12:30 PM.

Review copies of the film are available upon request.

Contact Information:
Betsy Bayha
Outsider: The Life and Art of Judith Scott
264 Diamond St.
San Francisco, CA 94114

Phone: (415) 863-5911
Mobile at Slamdance: (415) 215-4105


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Judith Scott Documentary

264 Diamond St.
San Francisco, CA 94114

Outsider: The Life and Art of Judith Scott has been made possible by the generous support of the Fleischhacker Foundation and the Community Technology Foundation of California

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