The Windmill Movie Series: 46th New York Film Festival [Sept. 26 – Oct. 12, 2008] Director: Alexander Olch, Country: USA, Release: 2008, Runtime: 80
Richard P. “Dick” Rogers was a respected filmmaker and film teacher. Following his death in 2001, his former student Alexander Olch began unearthing boxes of footage Rogers shot for a long-planned autobiography.
With support from Dick’s longtime partner, photographer Susan Meiselas, Olch has now created a moving and provocative work that straddles the lines between documentary and fiction, life and art.
A kind of critical autobiography that spans Rogers’s childhood to just days before his death, The Windmill Movie is a film about class in America (the title refers to the family summer home in The Hamptons), about film and art, and about changing relations between men and women. But at its heart is its portrait of Dick Rogers, and his quest to create a lasting artistic legacy.
Quarry: Darker currents course through an afternoon idyll by a local swimming hole. Richard P. Rogers, USA, 1970; 12m.