Mr. Dial Has Something to Say
Feature length documentary, available on PBS
Editing, color correction
This four-time Emmy-winning film follows the lives of artist Thornton Dial and Bill Arnett, an art collector who discovered him. Through their experiences it examines the issue of racism and classism in Western art, and asks the question: What is art and who decides?
This film won numerous industry accolades, including 4 Emmys, a CINE Golden Eagle Special Jury Award for best arts film nationwide, and a major grant from the NEA. It appeared at numerous film festivals to standing ovations, and traveled with the United Nations International Film Festival. While the film was made for PBS, and chosen with 3 other PBS films to represent PBS at their annual international conference, INPUT, PBS opted not to air it. No specific explanation was given for this decision. It aired on Ovation.