Sea Of Shadows is a new documentary about the world’s smallest whale, the vaquita, A species that’s near extinction due to illegal poaching by Mexican cartels and the Chinese mafia.
Executive produced by Leonardo DiCaprio; directed by Matthew Podolsky, Richard Ladkani and Sean Bogle, Sea Of Shadows documents the fight against this illegal multi-million-dollar business by environmental activists, the Mexican navy and undercover investigators…
I’d have eventually made time for this film but knowing of DiCaprio’s involvement certainly helps, especially after Before The Flood (2016).
I hadn’t actually heard of the vaquita until now. Now that I know, I sure hope that some vaquita are at least safe in a sanctuary of sorts, as the fight continues.
Directed by Ireneusz Dobrowolski; produced by Leonardo DiCaprio and his father George DiCaprio; the images of Szukalski’s art featured in the trailer for Struggle – The Life and Lost Art of Szukalskireally grabbed my attention.
WhilE teaching us about the story of Poland’s greatest artist who also happens to be unknown by most, Dobrowolski’s documentary shares captivating imagery and closeups of Szukalsi’s work – and does this in a way that proves his genius undeniable. A genius that is no more obvious to me than at the point towards the end when we see Szukalski grinding away at a new material he’s about to turn into something highly detailed and truly special.
I enjoyed looking at all the great artwork and being introduced to the many important characters in Szukalsi’s life. A life often marked by great hardships. I didn’t learn too much about his psychology as I’d hoped but I did learn about his relationship with the DiCaprios and about some of the things that make him complicated, and like many very talented artists, a true survivor.
The most memorable moment for me in Struggle is when Szukalski says that before starting a piece of work, he first pictures it in his mind in every detail. This moment is memorable for me because I’ve seen the detail of his work and there’s certainly plenty to picture.
Considering all the challenges throughout his life, how wonderful it is that Szukalski had his art and imagination to get him through. That and the great friends that entered his life, especially in the later years. Particularly Glenn Bray. Thank goodness for Glenn, the reason why Struggle is possible at all.
Watch it because you’re curious and to see evidence of artistic greatness.
Struggle – The Life and Lost Art of Szukalski is a new documentary about Stanislav Szukalski; an eccentric Polish artist and self proclaimed genius. He’s one of the greatest artists most have never heard of.
Directed by Ireneusz Dobrowolski and produced by Leonardo DiCaprio; other key contributors include Glenn Bray, George DiCaprio and Stanislav Szukalski.
I’m in for the story of a person who survived some truly challenging times. I want to know the story behind his art and I’m interested in his psychology.
There’s also the connection with the DiCaprios that intrigues me.