On this weeks Go Creative Show, Cinematographer Nancy Schreiber joins host Ben Consoli to discuss her career and latest film Mapplethorpe. Nancy shares her experience shooting on film, navigating tight production budgets, the reality of being a woman in the film industry.
You can listen to the full episode above.
Robert Mapplethorpe is arguably one of the most important artists of the 20th century. Mapplethorpe discovered himself both sexually and artistically in New York City throughout the 70’s and 80’s. The film explores Mapplethorpe’s life from moments before he and Patti Smith moved into the famed Chelsea hotel, home to a world of bohemian chic. Here he begins photographing its inhabitants and his new found circle of friends including artists and musicians, socialites, film stars, and members of the S&M underground Mapplethorpe’s work displayed eroticism in a way that had never been examined nor displayed before to the public. The film explores the intersection of his art and his sexuality along with his struggle for mainstream recognition. MAPPLETHORPE offers a nuanced portrait of an artist at the height of his craft and of the self-destructive impulses that threaten to undermine it all.
Topics discussed on the podcast
- The artistry of Robert Mapplethorpe
- Art or Pornography
- The film scene in 1980’s New York
- Shooting on film vs. digital
- Working with an all female crew
- Shooting with vintage zoom lenses
- Women in filmmaking
- The photography of Nan Goldin
- Advice for aspiring filmmakers