Marshfield filmmaker’s documentary to be screened at Wisconsin festivals
For Hub City Times
MARSHFIELD — The documentary film “Pass the Canvas” by Marshfield filmmaker Samuel Karow will screened as part of the Wildwood Film Festival in Appleton on Feb. 20 and the Beloit International Film Festival in Beloit on Feb. 21.
The 16-minute documentary tells the story of Marshfield artists Eric Nelson and Margot Jones and sheds light on what it means to be an artist in today’s world. The film had its world premiere in November as part of the Central Wisconsin Film Festival, which featured screening venues in Amherst, Marshfield, Stevens Point, and Wausau.
“Pass the Canvas” is an intimate portrait of two people united by artistic passion. Together, Nelson and Jones balance life as art makers and full-time teachers. Within their relationship lies an inspiring account of creative drive and collaboration.
Karow received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from UW-Milwaukee’s Department of Film in 2011. Specializing in documentaries, Karow seeks to capture genuine moments of beauty, intimacy, and conflict. Karow’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. His award-winning short film “3 Miles East” was included in the 64th Cannes Film Festival Court Metrage.
“Entering the world after film school, I quickly grew disillusioned with the idea of a career in the arts. I looked to Eric and Margot for encouragement. The married couple had maintained a successful balance as both artists and teachers for more than 20 years. I wanted to know their recipe for success,” Karow said. “What I saw astounded me: two people living life on their own terms, doing what they love, and without compromise. I had no choice but to document everything I saw. With this film my goal is to share the newfound optimism their relationship instilled in me.”
A brief clip from “Pass the Canvas” is embedded below. Karow’s website is fancyhorsefilms.com.