Ewald Rentz toiled as a lumberjack, prospector, musician and barber before beginning to make folk art at the age of 65. Living
in the small northern Ontario community of Beardmore Ontario, Rentz
recognized familiar forms in the roots and branches of the trees
around him. He took these natural objects home to “complete”
and thus create the animals and figures he imagined.
Rentz continued to produce sculpture of amazing grace,
humour and vitality until his death at the age of 87.
This 30 minute DV documentary is an exploration of the life and work of
Ewald Rentz. It features interviews with his patrons, family, and
friends, as well as close examination of numerous pieces of work.
Also included on the DVD is a slide show of images of Ewald, his artwork, and press clippings. These images are viewed by using the fast forward or play buttons on your DVD remote.
Interested in learning more about Ewald Rentz?
Check out his biography
DIRECTOR: Cassandra Ross is a Queen's University Film Studies grad and this is her first documentary. She shot this film on her own miniDV camera over the course of five years with the help of amazing folk art collectors and Rentz fans. The labour of love was completely worth it! Check out Midnight Herring Productions to find out more about her company.
PRODUCER: Phillip Ross is a highly regarded folk art collector and dealer who has been in the antiques business for over 25 years. Phillip is Cassandra's dad and was eager to join her on this film making adventure. He is currently running his shop Shadfly Antiques, and contributing to the FolkArtCanada website, which documents and celebrates Canadian folk art.
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