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This page is about http://www.floatingstone.com/, Olympia Stone's documentary production specialized in Art films. Olympia's main focus are personal stories about American contemporary artists. Her first film, "The Collector: Allan Stone’s Life in Art," was completed in 2007 and premiered at the Santa Fe Film Festival. It chronicles the obsessive collecting of her father, New York art-world gallerist Allan Stone, whose habits and prescient scouting shaped his life and the lives of many in his artfully cluttered orbit. Olympia's second feature, “The Cardboard Bernini” (2012), is an intimate portrait of the artist James Grashow in his exhilarating quest to create an intricately detailed cardboard version of the Trevi fountain, which he intends to abandon to the elements. Broadcast nationwide on PBS in 2013-14, The Cardboard Bernini won Best Documentary at the Art of Brooklyn Film Festival 2013. Her current film, "Curious Worlds: The Art&Imagination of David Beck", is an intimate portrait about a hidden genius of American contemporary art, which was an official selection of 2015 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival.
The Collector: Allan Stone’s Life in Art
In The Collector: Allan Stone’s Life in Art, Olympia Stone, Allan Stone’s daughter sets out to understand her father’s obsessive passion for art, while charting his unique journey through the New York art world from the 1950s onward. Woven into this tale of discovery and obsession is the story of Stone’s incomparable art collection: Olympia and her six sisters grew up among 20 foot tall paper mache sculptures, shrunken heads, Congo nail fetishes, Wayne Thiebaud paintings and Cigar-store Indians.
Throughout the film, Olympia questions whether her father’s compulsion to collect art is the outcome of a love for something pushed to its limit, or is it pathological? What causes someone to collect so obsessively? What is Allan Stone getting from art that most people don’t see?