Documentary focuses on life of famed artist Cindy Sherman

“Guest of Cindy Sherman,” a feature documentary about artist Cindy Sherman, filmed and produced by her former partner, will be shown at Simpson College, followed by a question-and-answer session with the film’s co-director.

The film will begin at 7 p.m. Sept 24 in the Carver Science Center’s Jordan Lecture Hall, 200-298 W. Clinton Ave. in Indianola. The question-and-answer session with filmmaker Paul Hasegawa-Overacker will immediately follow.

In the 1990s, Hasegawa-Overacker, who goes by the name Paul H-0, hosted a public-access television show in New York City called GalleryBeat.

During that time, he met Sherman, a photographer, model and filmmaker who likely is best known for photographs that depict her in familiar film roles. In 1999, ARTnews named her as one of “The 20th Century’s Most Influential Artists.”

The film chronicles the relationship between Sherman and Hasegawa-Overacker as they struggle with her fame. It includes scenes from many of her exhibit openings, as well as interviews with other artists and celebrities.

“With touching intimacy and charm, “Guest” chronicles the relationship that developed between them, first as interlocutor and subject, then as lovers and finally as a couple undone by the pressures, and prejudices, or superstardom,” The New York Times wrote.

Hasegawa-Overacker directed the film with Tom Donahue. It will be shown as part of the Simpson Forum events.

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