Master of Light
2022 • 84m
George Anthony Morton is a classical painter who spent ten years in federal prison for dealing drugs. While incarcerated, he nurtured his craft and unique artistic ability. Since his release, he is doing everything he can to defy society's unlevel playing field and tackle the white-dominant art world.
Now, he is on a journey back to his hometown of Kansas City, where he tries to heal the broken relationship with his mother-- who's in-and-out of jail-- and paint family members in the style of the Dutch Old Masters.
Going back forces George to face his past in his quest to rewrite the script of his life and discover the contribution of African influences to the realist tradition.
INDIEWIRE / Robert Daniels
“Rosa Ruth Boesten’s harrowing and spellbinding documentary “Master of Light” which won the Grand Jury Award for documentary feature at SXSW — refracts the film’s title from an aesthetic ethos to a way of life.”