He is often described as passionate, demanding, insightful, magical, inspirational and above all creative. Leslie Laskey is a force to be reckoned with, as illustrated in this beautifully shot film portrait.
Forty-Seven Views of Leslie Laskey
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Directors David Wild and Lulu GargiuloAirs on May 16, 9p
The story of 91 year old Leslie J. Laskey, artist, poet and legendary teacher. Often described as passionate, demanding, insightful, loving, magical, playful and above all creative, Leslie Laskey is a truly unique and inspiring human being. Through a series of “views” that illustrate the different facets of this man, the viewer is eventually 'seduced' with his contagious enthusiasm to look at life and work in a different way. Directed and edited by David Wild, Forty-Seven Views intimately chronicles the life of Professor Leslie J. Laskey over an eleven year period.
Together with cinematographer, Lulu Gargiulo, the filmmakers spent countless hours to capture Leslie in his everyday life of painting, cooking, walking his dog, entertaining friends, cutting and printing wood blocks and ultimately teaching the people around him to look at the world in new ways. Despite being 91 years old, Leslie’s ability to create and inspire, as well as challenge and amuse become evermore apparent with each chapter. Watching the film, one gets the idea that for Leslie there's not much difference between work and life. Whether he’s talking about baking peaches, sharing his ideas for design or reciting poetry, his passion and energy for life are contagious.
Interview with the Filmmakers
Leslie Laskey and I both grew up in the same small town in northern Michigan. He is an amazing artist with an incredible energy and an enthusiasm that is truly contagious. It was important for me to try and "bottle" Leslie with this film. I wanted to find a way that the viewer could experience what it's like to spend time with him. From the beginning I decided that I did not want to be a part of the movie, I did not want to have a narrator, and I did not want to include interviews with other people talking about him. I wanted the film to be in "first person" with Leslie speaking directly to the viewer. More than anyone else I know, Leslie lives in the present. He inspires people everyday and my goal is to try and capture that.
- David Wild, Co-director
Learn more about the film and the filmmakers at: leslielaskeyfilm.com.