In this Film Ireland podcast, Gemma Creagh talks to Pat Collins about his film Henry Glassie: Field Work, a portrait of the American folklorist.

Henry Glassie: Field Work is a portrait of the celebrated folklorist and ethnologist Henry Glassie.  Inspired by and featuring Glassie – ‘Field Work’, is an immersive and meditative film set among the rituals and rhythms of working artists in Brazil, Turkey, North Carolina and Ireland.  The film displays the director’s trademark eye for details and the process of the artist’s work is awe-inspiring.  Glassie’s subject is folklore and art but his deep abiding love for the people who create it resonates throughout the film.  “I don’t study people” Glassie says, “I stand with people and I study the things they create.”  Artists like the sculptor Edival Rosas from Salvador in Brazil describe their practice as one where body and spirit are integrated, where in Glassie’s words the creative act brings “a momentary fulfilment of what it is to be human”. 

Henry Glassie: Field Work is avaialble on Irish cinema platforms Gate Cinemas online, IFI@Home, QFT and Volta from 16th April 2021.

Henry Glassie: Field Work – Review of Irish Film at Galway Film Fleadh 2020

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