The Art of Making It


The Main 1 Fri, May 6, 2022 7:00 PM
The Main 1 Sat, May 7, 2022 4:15 PM
Ticket Prices
General Public:$15.00 (+$2 online fee)
Members:$10.00 (no online fee)
Student:$8.00 (box office only)
Film Info
Festival Programs:New American Visions
Women & Film
Visual Arts
Culture & Society
Women Directors
Release Year:2021
Runtime:93 min
Director:Kelcey Edwards
Executive Producer:Regina K. Scully
Mara Burros Sandler
Andrew Mer
George Wells
Producer:Debi Wisch
Cinematographer:Sebastian Lasaosa Rogers
Screenwriter:Kelcey Edwards
Editor:Nyneve Laura Minnear
Inés Vogelfang
Composer:Troy Herion
Zachary McMillan
Principal Cast:Chris Watts
Felipe Baeza
Jenna Gribbon
Gisela Mcdaniel
Sebastian Errazuriz
Hilde Lynn Helphenstein


The Art of Making It asks the provocative question: Are the systems in place to showcase artwork actually harming artists’ ability to have their work seen by the wider public? As artists toil away to create meaningful new work that the culture sorely needs, they also find themselves forced to confront an industry that is failing them.

The commercial art world prides itself on promoting and encouraging brave new voices. But is this an accurate portrayal? Or is the system actually designed to keep brave new voices out of the galleries and museums? Produced by Debi Wisch — who also produced Nathaniel Kahn’s biting exposé about the art market The Price of Everything (MSPIFF 2018) — Kelcey Edwards’ insightful documentary inquiry not only critiques the current system but also showcases an amazing and diverse group of artists, whose work shines through even when the deck is stacked against them.

Director Biography

Kelcey Edwards

Kelcey Edwards is a filmmaker, author and art curator, who holds an MFA in Documentary Film from Stanford University. She is the director of the shorts Letter (2006), Ghost in the Material (2006), and Gentle Creatures (2008). She produced the documentary feature Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines (2012). The Art of Making It (2021) is her feature documentary debut.