Tim Carey is a talented, yet unknown Los Angeles-based artist. He is also a bit of a jackass, who uses wit and irreverent humor to make you forget
Tim Carey is a talented, yet unknown Los Angeles-based artist. He is also a bit of a jackass, who uses wit and irreverent humor to make you forget about his flaws. As a Hail Mary, Tim and the company he works for, Judson Studios, bluff their way into winning the commission to make the world’s largest stained-glass window of its kind, beating out 60 companies from around the globe. The problem is, Tim has no idea how to make his complicated design.
After a desperate search, Tim comes to learn about someone who might have the answer… a world-famous glass maestro from Italy, named, Narcissus Quagliata. From the moment Narcissus arrives, Tim quickly learns that his talent and humor can only take him so far. If he has any chance to make it to the end of the project and potentially achieve greatness, he has to confront his personal demons of self-importance, artistic merit, business instincts and spiritual insecurities. He has to put down his ego and submit to the life and artistic lessons of a complicated master, who has already preceded him in greatness.
As this documentary unfolds, the clash of two big personalities slowly transforms into the forging of a lasting friendship. Both mentor and protégé́ come to realize it will take their combined unity and focus to overcome this 3-year race-against-time, the complications of a $1.2 billion class-action lawsuit, and the many obstacles that emerge when attempting a masterpiece.
Even though the story takes place within the niche world of an ancient art-form, it gives a fun, heartfelt and sometimes comedic look into the drama of any human endeavor which is greater than the sum of its parts.
Directed by Justin Monroe
120 mins | United States | 2021
VIEWABLE IN UNITED STATES ONLY
Screening online Fri, March 5 – Sun, March 14