In the 1970s, painter Frederick J. Brown's studio loft in downtown Manhattan attracted many young artists, musicians, dancers and writers who gathered there to collaborate and experiment. The American Artistic Renaissance Symposium at Cornell University reunited Brown and many major players from that scene, including jazz greats Charlie Haden, Henry Threadgill, Stanley Crouch and Sam Rivers.
This 2002 documentary written and produced by Mary B. Kemper profiles Frederick J. Brown’s Soho loft studio at 120 Wooster Street in New York City. The studio was a gathering place for artists, musicians, writers, dancers and other creative personalities during the sixties and seventies. The video features commentary by colleagues about the artist and his studio interspersed with film footage and photographs depicting Brown’s life including activities and events in the studio and the installation of Brown’s retrospective exhibition in Beijing, China in 1988. Produced by Inland Sea Productions with music by Terrence Blanchard.