'Fully Awake' screening next week at ILA

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Cathryn Davis Zommer is more than just the executive director of Enough Pie — she's also a filmmaker. In 2008 she and Neeley Dawson produced a documentary, Fully Awake, about Black Mountain College, an experimental college in Western North Carolina from 1933-1957, often heralded as the birthplace of the American avant garde movement. Fully Awake will screen next Fri. April 22 at 7:30 p.m. at the International Longshoreman's Association. 
  • Hazel Larsen Archer

Black Mountain College was created as an experiment in education, with the central foundation based on the idea that the creative arts and practical responsibilities are equally important. During WWII the college housed European refugees like artists Josef and Anni Albers, and in the 1940s and '50s BMC served as a refuge for American avant-garde artists like Jacob Lawrence, Robert Rauschenberg, Merce Cunningham, and more.

Fully Awake follows the path of the short-lived school, revealing how its students helped shape 20th century art in America. Watch a preview below.

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