Double Take: The Art of Elizabeth King engages the viewer in the work of sculptor and stop-action filmmaker Elizabeth King, who embarks on each new project by posing a single question to herself: “Can this be physically done?” Tracing King’s creative flow, curiosity and obsessive drive to solve the inevitable series of artistic and technical problems that arise in creating her disconcerting sculptures and animations, this documentary film explores King’s passion about the mind/body riddle, the science of emotion, the human/machine interface, and those things a robot will never be able to do. From studio to exhibition, and in conversations with fellow artists, curators and critics, the film asks what looking at and seeing one another means in an increasingly mediated world.
Jury Prize Best Documentary Feature SF DocFest 2018
2019 Festival International du Film sur l'Art
2018 RiverRun International Film Festival
2018 Berkshires International Film Festival
2018 Footcandle Film Festival
About the Filmmaker
Olympia Stone is a filmmaker whose documentaries have won numerous festival awards and have been showcased nationally on PBS. Olympia’s films probe the motivations and personal histories of extraordinary artists as a way of providing insight into their work. Olympia’s most recent film, Double Take: The Art of Elizabeth King, won the Jury prize at the 2018 San Francisco DocFest. Her short film, The Original Richard McMahan, premiered at the Tally Shorts Film Festival in January 2017 and won the Florida Favorite Award. In 2015, her documentary, Curious Worlds: The Art & Imagination of David Beck, premiered at the prestigious Full Frame Documentary Film Festival and aired on PBS in the fall of 2016. Olympia’s film about artist James Grashow, The Cardboard Bernini, was broadcast nationwide on PBS and won Best Documentary at the Art of Brooklyn Film Festival 2013. Her first independent film, The Collector: Allan Stone’s Life in Art (2007), chronicles the obsessive collecting of her father, a New York art world gallerist whose habits and prescient scouting shaped his life and the lives of many in his artfully cluttered orbit. Olympia is currently working on a documentary about the photorealist painter Richard Estes.