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Retracing Rockwell Kent: A Documentary by Frederick Lewis

ATHENS, Ohio (Nov. 1, 2004) -- For more than 10 years, producer/writer Frederick Lewis, a professor in Ohio University's School of Telecommunications, has been assembling a documentary that puts Rockwell Kent's myriad achievements in perspective. The recently completed documentary will be screened at 7 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 8, in Seigfred Hall's Mitchell Auditorium. Admission is free.

Click to watch videoLewis has retraced the peripatetic artist/adventurer's many travels, shooting footage in Greenland, Newfoundland, Alaska, Ireland and Russia. In 2002 he hired a 56-ft sailboat with crew and recreated Kent's capricious attempt to sail to Cape Horn.

During the 1930s and 1940s, Rockwell Kent (1882-1971) was one of America's most famous personalities. The foremost illustrator of his day, he created definitive drawings for literary classics such as "Moby Dick," "Candide" and "The Canterbury Tales."

Kent was also a prolific oil painter whose work is in the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Art Institute of Chicago. His haunting landscapes were inspired by his adventurous sojourns to Alaska, Tierra Del Fuego and Greenland.

He was also a best-selling author and a social activist who won a landmark passport case against the federal government that allowed all United States citizens to travel, regardless of their political affiliations. The New Yorker once quipped, "That day will mark a precedent, which brings no news of Rockwell Kent."

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Media Contact: Frederick Lewis, (740) 593-4876 or lewisf@ohio.edu

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