Paul J. Stankard: Flower and Flame
Paul J. Stankard: Flower and Flame

Paul J. Stankard: Flower and Flame

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    • Directed by: Daniel Collins
    • Released: 2024 (educational)
    • Year of Production: 2023
Running Time: 66 min
Language: English,
Subtitle Options: English Closed Captions
Subjects: Fine Art

A boy wanders the New England woods, inspired by the beauty that surrounds him. Fascinated by the dew on the Lady Slipper Orchid, the honeybees dancing among the daisies, the lowbush blueberries surrounding the summer marshes. He struggles through school with undiagnosed dyslexia, anxious to please his parents, and searching for life’s meaning. Then, suddenly, he discovers it.

 His path, his profession, his purpose.

Glass. A magical medium. Neither solid nor liquid. Within its molten core Paul J. Stankard pries open a window – revealing his memories, his faith, and his future. He trains in the craft of Scientific glass, and embarks on a fruitful career, only to find something is missing…he has a deep unsatisfied need to create. He makes a leap of faith, abandoning his chosen profession to pursue a clearer vision: to live the life of an artist, to encase nature’s wonder in crystal, and to achieve excellence and acclaim the world over.

This stunning new documentary from award-winning filmmaker Daniel R. Collins paints an intimate portrait of Paul Stankard, exploring his work, his wit, and his wisdom.    



About the filmmaker 


Dan has spent more than 20 years directing award-winning documentary films that examine the untold stories of innovative artists, unsung activists, and underground subcultures. He has strong roots in the glass-art community, producing work that focuses on both the American studio glass movement and the often-misunderstood borosilicate pipe movement.


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