My favorite art-related documentary is the "Craft in America" series from PBS. It is, in my opinion, one of the best pieces of non-fiction programming PBS has run in its history. In making a plan for my film, "Craft in America" has been a great source of inspiration and motivation. I want to make a film that gets the viewer as close to the artists as they did; to make a connection with the art, artist, and viewer as few filmmakers have been able to form.
I recently called their office to ask if they had any advice for a rookie filmmaker. I called, left a message, and thought that was it...not really expecting a call back.
An hour later I received a personal call from the executive director of the entire "Craft in America" project, Carol Sauvion. We talked for a good 20 minutes, and she kindly gave me many items of advice on my film, for which I am extremely grateful.
I don't know if she'd come, but if the film gets to the Grand Rapids Film Festival, I'll have to send an invite.