This provocative documentary highlights the flamboyant life of New York City painter, Frank Mason, and immerses us into the spectacular world of fine art. The picture also shines a light on the conflict and politics that ensnare our cultureís most treasured art works. Mason uses his expert authority to scrutinize the actions of arrogant art officials and gives voice to those who wish to break down the wall built by the current prejudiced art establishment. Writer, Tom Wolfe, and former director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Thomas Hoving, verify these allegations with revealing testimonials. The exposť culminates in the telling of the rarely explored controversy surrounding the restoration of Michelangeloís Sistine Chapel and the firebrand role that Mason played in the outcome.
This cinematic journey weaves a colorful tapestry through Masonís bustling New York City, the verdant hills of New England, and the treasures of historic London, Rome and Venice. Images of nature, live models and the interplay between light and dark being forged with the loaded brush reveal the visceral thrill of being an artist. This intimate portrait attests to Masonís passion and boundless satisfaction in creating a work of art.
A Light in the Dark captures the spirit of an authentic American Master. Frank Masonís story is of a classical man of integrity who vigorously fought for our cultural heritage. This documentary is powerful on the big screen, rich in scholarship and destined to be relevant for future generations.