About the Film

 

Lorrie Goulet: Spirit into Stone is an observational portrait of 94-year old sculptor Lorrie Goulet, one of the many unsung figures of modern art. The short documentary follows Lorrie from her studio in New York to a retrospective exhibit of her work at the Polk Museum of Art in Lakeland, Florida. Back in her studio, the film explores Lorrie’s relationship with her student and fellow direct carver, Carol Griffin.

In the rare cases in which women appear as active artists in history, they are often singled out as exceptional, their “uniqueness” undermining their artistic achievements. Thriving as a sculptor in a male-dominated art world is key to understanding Lorrie's trajectory in her life and work. This layer speaks about art as a human necessity, the spiritual involvement in art making, and the act of sharing knowledge and experience as if there were no better way to honor art and life.

 

The film is directed by Lucy Adams, and produced by Sara Torres Vega and James D. Fernández. It was made with support from the Made in NY Women's Film, TV & Theater Fund by the City of New York Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment in association with the New York Foundation for the Arts. It premiered at the Museum of Modern Art in October 2019.